So many wonderful community groups, businesses and individuals have helped Santa Maria-Bonita School District students have a variety of experiences, such as field trips, that extend learning outside the classroom. However, an extra special Thank You goes out to all of those who help make the Clarence Minetti Elks Mini Rodeo possible. The Mini Rodeo is the biggest field trip opportunity available to children in the Santa Maria Valley and surrounding areas. Sponsors provide financial support, expert assistance and hundreds of volunteer hours. SMBSD says “thank you” to everyone who has a hand in making the Mini Rodeo a successful event for more than 6,000 students and adults.

First and foremost, the Mini Rodeo would not be possible without the support and backing of Elks Lodge 1538. The lodge and its members are involved with every aspect of the Mini Rodeo, from raising money to preparing the rodeo grounds to staffing the parking lots on rodeo day. The involvement of the Elks Lodge ensures the success of the Mini Rodeo. Thank you, Elks members, for everything that you do to  help the Mini Rodeo be the best it can be.

A huge thanks and “Yee-haw” goes to the major sponsors of the Mini Rodeo. Many of them donated money for busing costs, printing the Activity Book, providing the volunteers lunches or funding the event. Other major sponsors donated items such as water and teacher bookbags. There are not enough thank yous for: Altrusa Club of Santa Maria, CalPortland Construction, Coca Cola, Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 1745, GAATE, the GenSpan Foundation, Marian Regional Medical Center, Mega 97.1 Radio, the Minetti Family, Rolling Hills Orthodontics, Manfred and Jean Sander, Santa Barbara County Farm Bureau, Santa Maria Chamber of Commerce, Santa Maria Elks Lodge 1538, Santa Ynez Valley Youth Recreation Queen Committee, Sunny Country 102.5 FM, Steve and Marie Will and volunteers from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Additional sponsors to thank include: Albertson’s Santa Maria, Albertson’s Lompoc, American Flag and Gift, Borrowed Time Graphics and Computer Services, California Highway Patrol, Chuck Lopeman Sound Company, Costco, Flying U Rodeo Company, Frito-Lay, Marcus Greene, Horse Power Productions, Local Copies, McGeary Trucking, New Rule Productions, Pro Rodeo Vision, Quinn Rentals, Santa Maria Signs, Santa Maria Times, Sinful Sweets, Susie Q Seasoning, and Student Transportation of America.

More sponsors and supporters include: Alamo Farming, Aloha Dental Arts Dr. Michael Smith DDS, Apio Inc., Babe Farms, Barks Plumbing, Elks Beard-A-Reno Committee, Betteravia Farms, Bill’s Drapery Service, BJ’s ATV Rental, John and Brandy Branquino, Cal Coast Machinery, Central Coast Cyclery, Charter Brokerage, City of Santa Maria, Cold Stone Ice Creamery, Community Bank of Santa Maria, Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Diani Companies, Evergreen Video, Farm Supply Company, Bryan and Karen Feldpouch, Glenda Rogers Tax Service, Foresters, JB Dewar, Jocko’s Restaurant, Jumps-R-Us, Keith and Olivia Bugal Family Trust, Kiwanis Club of Guadalupe, Koehler Plumbing Inc. and Kumon Tutoring. Thank you!

The Mini Rodeo Committee is grateful for these additional sponsors and supporters: La Brea Plaza, Las Cazuelas Restaurant, Lompoc Community Bank, Los Alamos Men’s Club, Marshall-Spoo Sunset Chapel, John and Gloria Mascarenas, Pat Mercer, Mid State Fair, Roland Miller DC, Roy and Tammy Nunez, Oceano Elks Lodge #2504, Jody and Sandy Oliver, Pacific Christian School, Park Avenue Smiles Dr. Carolyn Baldiviez DDS, Plantel Nurseries, Platinum Performance, Rabobank, San Luis Elks Lodge #322, Santa Barbara County Cattleman’s Association, Santa Barbara County Cattlewomen’s Association, Santa Maria-Bonita School District Classified School Employees Association 129, and the Santa Maria Elks Lodge Americanism Committee, Drug Awareness Committee, Menudo Committee, PER Association, Pancake Breakfast Committee and Touring Elks.

Thank you to more supporters and sponsors: Santa Maria Fairpark, Santa Maria Fire Fighters, Santa Maria Noontime Lions Club, Santa Maria Speedway, Santa Ynez Valley Elks Lodge #2640, Al and Paula Sauvadon, Cliff and Myrna Scoles, Pinky Signorelli, Spencer’s Fresh Market, Splash Cafe, Stowasser Pontiac Buick GMC, Straw Hat Pizza, Victor Tognazzini, Toy Zoo and Anything Educational, Tri W Enterprises, Upward Bound Preschool, Robin and Stephanie Ventura and Waste Management.

Additionally, several businesses supported student awards which were sponsored by Mega 97.1 Radio. The students’ classrooms also received generous prizes. Thank you for supporting the Clarence Minetti Mini Rodeo Exemplary Buckaroo Award: Central Coast Family Source, Clearview Communications, Costco, Marian Regional Medical Center, Mega 97.1 Radio, Local Copies, Norwex, Sergio’s Automotive, Susie Q’s Brand Artisan Foods, Trattoria Uliveto and Tutoring Club.