The Festivities for the 2015 Elks Rodeo kick-off with the time honored traditions of the Beard-A-Reno and Miss Wrangler Contests, presented by Santa Maria Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. According to this year’s Chairman, John Maretti, entrants may enter the contest at the Elks Rodeo Office starting Monday, February, 9th at 9:00 a.m. through Friday, April 10th at 5:00 p.m.

For the Beard Contest, a custom-made silver belt buckle will be awarded to the winners of twelve ‘whisker’ growing categories, which include: longest beard, blackest beard, whitest beard, reddest beard, best goatee, best mustache, best sideburns, best attempt, wildest, best western characterization, ladies’ choice and best All-Around with Central Coast Distributing as a major presenter of the various categories.

  • All contestants must be 21 years of age or older
  • All contestants must be clean-shaven at the time of registration, unless they are competing in the mustache category
  • Registration fee is $20 and includes a dinner of BBQ beef ribs, beans, salad, and entertainment by DJ Tymeless

The first ten ladies to enter the Miss Wrangler contest will receive a Wrangler gift certificate, to be redeemed for a pair of Wrangler jeans. In order to receive the certificate, you must have registered and must attend and participate in the event. Entry fee is $20.00 and includes dinner.

To enter either contest, stop by the Rodeo Office, (inside Elks Lodge #1538) located at 1309 North Bradley Road, in Santa Maria. The Beard-A-Reno winners will be awarded at the official dinner on Saturday, May 23 starting at 5:30 p.m. For tickets to the Beard-A-Reno dinner and dance, contact the Elks Recreation/Rodeo Office at 925-4125 or stop by 1309 North Bradley Road, Santa Maria. We recommend getting tickets early as it usually sells out quickly!

  • Non contestant dinner tickets will also go on sale beginning Monday, February 9th for $20 each.
  • No one under 21 years of age will be permitted to attend the event.
  • All persons will be required to show valid ID at the entrance.

Be sure to buy your tickets early. We wouldn’t want you to miss the excitement of the 56th Annual Elks Beard-A-Reno!

For more information, call the Elks Recreation Office at (805) 925-4125 or Tina Tonascia at (805) 264-2463.

About Santa Maria Elks Rodeo and Parade

The Elks Recreation Foundation was established in 1943 when it held its first fundraising event, a dance at the Veteran’s Memorial Building. They used the funds raised from that event to stage the first Elks Rodeo June 3-June 4, 1944. The initial two day event was preceded each day by a mounted parade from the Vet’s Memorial Building to the Santa Maria Fairgrounds. The first Rodeo netted Elks Recreation nearly $3000.00 that first year and a long history of fundraising to support local youth sports and recreation was born. Since that time, Elks Recreation, Inc. has raised and donated over $10,500,000 to the local community.