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No Oysters 

Yes, this weekend is Oysterfest -- the biggest event on the Humboldt calendar. But as someone who's choked down large quantities of slimy bivalves in his day (*fifth place finisher in last year's Shuck and Swallow Contest, thank you), I can confirm that too much of a good thing, well, it can leave you slightly barfy. Mix it up, peeps!

So, if you're one of the six or seven people in Humboldt that's had your fill of oysters and are looking for something else to do, uh … let's see what's out there … oh! That damned ol' rodeo!

The North Coast rodeo season kicks off this weekend with the return of the annual Garberville Rodeo, kicking' up dust at the Greycliff Rodeo Grounds from Friday, June 15 to Sunday, June 17. What un-oyster-y things are they up to in SoHum? Here's the meat:

Friday: Grab the bull(s) by the horns! Greycliff opens up the festivities Friday night with Bull-O-Rama at 7 p.m., a night of bone-crunching, cowboy-munching bull riding.

Saturday: The big day. Lot's o' stuff. Non-actual-rodeo things kick off at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast under the town clock. Then at 10:30 a.m. there's the crowning of the Rodeo Queen and Princess in front of Getti Up. And finally, the Rodeo Parade rolls through downtown.

Then the serious action starts. Junior Rodeo kicks off in the Greycliff Grounds at 1:30 p.m. followed by the always "wow"-inducing Animal Scramble (kids football tackling barnyard critters. Yes.) Recover with barbecue at 4:30 p.m.

The main event at 7 p.m. features CCPRA Rodeo competitors provided by the West Coast Rodeo Co. Remember to breathe.

Sunday: Things wind down on Sunday at 9 a.m. with CSHA Region 13-sponsored Gymkhana (equestrian obstacle course stuff. You know, barrels, poles. That kind of thing.) You can totally still sign up too! Call Kelly at 496-4494 for more details. And that's how Garberville rodeos.

*Out of five.

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