Rodeo action Friday, Saturday in Poway
By Steve Dreyer
Professional rodeo action returns to Poway Friday and Saturday with the 40th annual edition of the Poway Rodeo.
Tickets are on sale both online and at several outlets for the rodeo’s three performances, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, and at 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday on Saturday.
Top cowboys from across the country are expected to compete for cash and points as the rodeo season winds down in advance of the National Finals in Las Vegas. In addition to the rough stock and timed events, each Poway Rodeo performance will include entertainment by J.J. Harrison and performances by the local Shooting Stars drill team. Announcer Wayne Brooks will be making his ninth consecutive appearance in Poway.
Several events for youngsters are planned as well, including the new Boot Scramble on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Event entry forms are online at www.powayrodeo.com. Two other youth events, the junior barrel racing and mutton busting, have full slates of participants.
For adults, dances will be held after the Friday and Saturday night shows. The dances are free with rodeo admission.
All events will be held on the Poway Valley Riders Association grounds at 14336 Tierra Bonita Road.
Rodeo competitors from throughout the nation have signed up to participate this weekend, according to Jim Bainbridge of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). Among them are Turtle Powell, the defending world champion in team roping. As of last week, Powell was in 17th place in the national standings, with the top 15 going to the Finals at the end of the season. Also registered is bull rider Tag Elliott, who is close to making it to his first Finals after coming back from a near-fatal ride in 2007.
For rodeo fans with time on Friday morning, check out the preliminary rounds in barrel racing and team roping, starting at 10 a.m. There is no admission charge. The “slack” events will include 63 barrel racers and 10 roping teams.
In barrel racing, women currently ranked 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th nationally will be competing, according to the rodeo’s Sherry Sheldon Gibson.
Tickets are being sold at the Hamburger Factory, Albertsons in the Twin Peaks Plaza, the Boot Barns in Kearny Mesa and El Cajon and Elston Hay & Grain in Poway and Ramona. They are also being sold online at www.powayrodeo.com. Adult tickets range between $12 and $19, depending on the performance. Discounts are offered for kids, family packages, seniors and the military.
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Tour de Poway
The 27th annual Tour de Poway Fun Bike Ride will be held on Sunday, Sept. 30.
An estimated 1,500 riders are expected to depart from the start-finish line near Old Poway Park and complete one of five courses, ranging from 18 to 100 miles. The 100-, 62- and 50-mile courses include climbs up the Ramona Grade, with eastbound vehicle traffic closed between 7 and 9 a.m.
Following their rides, participants can enjoy a vendor expo, beer garden and barbecued lunch at the park.
The event is a major fundraiser for the Poway Kiwanis Club and for other nonprofits providing staffing for aid stations and other event activities.
To register or for more information, visit www.tourdepoway.com.
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‘Cowgirls’ at PowPAC
Performances of the musical “Cowgirls” by PowPAC, Poway’s Community Theatre, continue through Sept. 30. The theater is on the second floor of the Lively Center, 13250 Poway Road.
Seats are $20 general admission and $17 for seniors and students. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 858-679-8085 or emailing email@example.com.
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