Long Beach Rodeo excitement

Spills and chills are part of the rodeo.<BR><I>KEVIN HEIMBIGNER photo</i>

Come join all the cowboys and cowgirls at the Peninsula Saddle Club on July 25 and July 26 at 1 p.m. for the 64th annual Long Beach Rodeo. Located at 6407 Sandridge road on the beautiful Long Beach Peninsula (1 1/4 mile north of the Hwy 101 junction on Sandridge Rd).

This Northwest Professional Rodeo Association rodeo is one of the longest running rodeos on the Northwest coast. This year's show is sure to be one of the finest, thanks to the collaborative talents of great rodeo professionals and a team of wonderful volunteers.

The Peninsula Saddle Club hosted its first rodeo in 1951. At that time, the rodeo was held just north of downtown Long Beach (where the fire hall is currently located). The Saddle Club moved to the present location in 1957.

Start each day of the rodeo with a genuine cowboy breakfast in the clubhouse, from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. Let the crew in "Paul's Chuck Wagon" dish you up some hotcakes, eggs, ham, or biscuits and gravy. Don't forget your coffee! Bring the whole family for the fun of a community tradition.

Enjoy the beer garden during the show, or wander the grounds and visit more than a dozen vendors serving up treats or selling their wares. And, don't forget the lunch concessions in the clubhouse where the crew will dish up burgers, hotdogs and more.

On Saturday, don't run away after the show. That's when they start family night.

Remember that this is a two-day event. They do it all over again on Sunday. Come out again for a cowboy breakfast and watch the slack races (overfill contestants run their performances). Presale tickets (50 cent discount) can be found at any of the three Peninsula pharmacies, located at the light in Ilwaco, Long Beach and Ocean Park.

See you at the rodeo!

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