elks rodeo logoThe 73rd Annual Elks Rodeo is just around the corner and entries are now being accepted for one of the rodeo’s most loved events: Mutton Bustin’! Local kids have a unique opportunity to try their hand at some real rodeo action, riding a mutton (sheep) in the rodeo arena. The event is open to all children ages 5 to 7, weighing under 60 pounds. Each chosen contestant will have a chance to perform in one of our Rodeo events held during the four days of rodeo fun June 2 – 5, 2016. Each participant will also receive a “goodie” bag of gifts.  A custom made silver belt buckle will be presented to the daily winners.

Entries for this year’s CoastHills Mutton Bustin’ Event are now available during normal bank hours at CoastHills located at 1203 South Broadway in Santa Maria or online at www.coasthills.coop.  Entry Deadline is this Friday, April 15 by 5:00pm.  Our Mutton Bustin’ Event is sponsored by our Partners at CoastHills and Justin Boots.

On Saturday, April 16th seventy five names will be drawn from those entries received by the deadline to enter.  The drawing will be held at 1:00pm at CoastHills on South Broadway. Entrants need not be present for the draw, but are welcome to attend.

There is no charge to sign up for the drawing. Children who are chosen will be required to pay a $40 registration fee, show proof of age, proof of medical insurance and complete a registration form at the Elks Rodeo Office, located at 1309 North Bradley Road (inside the Santa Maria Elks Lodge.)  For more information, please contact the Rodeo Office at (805) 925-4125.


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 in 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 distributed over $10,931,837.97 to local youth programs through our Annual Elks Queen Contest.