We all know you've been raring for a reason to show off your 10-gallon hat and shiny, new spurs, and on Friday, June 14, you'll finally have that opportunity. Saddle up your pony, grab your buckaroos and buckerettes, and head to the 56th Annual Garberville Rodeo.
The wildly western weekend kicks off at 4:30 p.m., Friday at the Greycliff Rodeo Grounds (just two miles south of Garberville) with the Open 4D Barrel Race, followed by the Bull-o-Rama at 7 p.m. The Bull-o-Rama challenges contestants to a one-handed, eight-second bull ride; if you like watching people fall, you won't want to miss it.
Saturday's events start early, with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m., under the Garberville Town Clock (the big building with all the arrows and numbers). With your cowboy-sized hunger sated, you can meander over to Getti Up on Redwood Drive in Garberville for the crowning of the Rodeo Queen and Princess. That's right; rodeos are matriarchies. After the coronation, find yourself a comfy spot along Redwood Drive for the Rodeo Parade, starting at 11 a.m.
Rodeos, believe it or not, aren't just for grown-ups. The Junior Rodeo starts after the parade, at 1:30 p.m., with check-in from noon to 12:45 p.m. The competition includes riding, roping and barrel races. But it wouldn't be a kid's event without some raucous mayhem, so stick around for the Animal Scramble and Greased-pig Competition (which are exactly what they sound like: kids chasing hard-to-catch animals). For the smaller tykes, there will be a pony carousel and petting zoo. After the children's shenanigans, treat you and yours to a steak barbecue at 4:30 p.m. and then finish off the evening with some official bronco bucking at the California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Associations' Rodeo at 7 p.m.
The weekend draws to a close on Sunday with the California State Horsemen Association's Gymkhana competition, starting at 9 a.m. For more information on rodeo events or registration, head over to www.garbervillerodeo.org.
According to the Mateel Community Center, summertime officially begins during the Summer Arts and Music Festival in Benbow.
The North Coast Journal is looking for your best pictures of Humboldt at work.
From now through May 15, use your phone, your tablet or even a real camera to capture images of Humboldt at work, whether it’s a rancher with his herd, a doctor in her scrubs or a grower tending his crop. Email up to three high resolution jpgs — the real thing only, no Photoshop please — to firstname.lastname@example.org by 10 a.m. Thursday, May 16.
In your email, please include the time, date and place of each picture; the names of those photographed (from left to right); your name and a daytime phone number. Don’t worry — we won’t publish your phone number — but we will publish lots of winning entries and runners up. Grand prize is a working person’s feast: dinner for six at Porter Street Barbeque and a case of beer from Mad River Brewing.
Pamela Foster, who isn't based in Humboldt now but sure knows the place, has written a delightfully cheesy but very fun novel called Bigfoot Blues. She'll be among the authors out in force this weekend scrawling their names, your names and probably anyone else's name you'd like into your very own copy. Once you buy the book, of course. Look for Foster to be signing her novel at Cafe Nooner during Arts Alive on Saturday. Meanwhile Tracey Barnes Priestly, she of the T-S Second Half column, will be inscribing her first novel, Duck Pond Epiphany at the Sewell Gallery, also during Arts Alive.
And rounding things out, that history photo book duo, Scott Brown and Katy Tahja, will be signing their books at Northtown Books in Arcata Friday night and at the Clarke Museum in Eureka during Arts Alive. The books? Eureka Then & Now (Brown) and Logging Railroads of Humboldt & Mendocino Counties (Tahja).