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Residents celebrate July 4th at 72nd Woodside Junior Rodeo

Residents celebrate July 4th at 72nd Woodside Junior Rodeo

Junior Rodeo competitors ride through the arena during the Grand Entry at the 72nd annual Woodside Junior Rodeo on July 4, 2024. Photo by Lizzy Myers.

On July 4, more than 2,500 people attended the 72nd annual Woodside Junior Rodeo sponsored by the San Mateo County Mounted Patrol. Temperatures in Woodside reached 90 degrees, but locals still gathered to celebrate the popular Fourth of July event.

“We appreciate the community support and everyone who came out, regardless of the heat. Everyone was responsible and it was a great family event,” said Anthony Riccardi, junior rodeo chairman.

The club set up cooling stations so seniors and families could escape the heat. Families could also enjoy the petting zoo, mechanical bull, cotton candy and lemonade stand, and pig race.

More than 150 participants, ages 6 to 18, competed in the junior rodeo, showcasing their skills in bull riding, barrel racing, lassoing and more. Participants also compete in the Bay Area Buckle Series, competing against other junior rodeos in Livermore, Woodside and Hayward. The Woodside Junior Rodeo is part of the Northern California Junior Rodeo Association, which hosts a series of rodeos throughout the year.

More information about the event can be found at mpsmc.org/rodeo.

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