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Boot Scramble youth event at VC Stampede Rodeo

May 14, 2014
The Valley Center Stampede Rodeo invites kids ages eight to 13 to participate in the newly added Boot Scramble event.

"The rodeo committee decided to add a Boot Scramble race to the event lineup in an effort to get kids off the sidelines and into the rodeo," said Joyce Holmes, rodeo chairwoman.

The boot scramble will take place during intermission at the Friday and Saturday stampede rodeos. Each contestant will remove one boot and leave it in the middle of the arena to be scrambled with all other contestant boots. Contestants will then line up at the end of the arena and race to the middle to locate their boot. Once their boot is found and put back on, each contestant will race back to the finish line. A buckle will be awarded to the first boy and girl who make it over the finish line with their boots on.

"This is the largest Valley Center community event of the year and it attracts many families," said Holmes. "In an effort to get the kids more involved, we have scheduled several youth events in this year's lineup. We want the kids to feel part of the rodeo experience and encourage them to challenge themselves in a fun and rewarding atmosphere."

The youth who attend this event do not need a horse or any rodeo experience. Contestants should wear western attire and have a good pair of boots or lace up shoes. No slip on sandals or flip-flops will be allowed. Entry is free with paid admission to the rodeo.

An entry form and liability waiver must be filled out in advance along with proof of health insurance. To reserve a spot in the Boot Scramble, mail forms to 13878 Woods Valley Road, Valley Center by May 15. Space is limited to 60 participants with 30 competing at each rodeo. Entry forms and Boot Scramble rules and guidelines can be found on the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Website at www.vcstampede.com. Other Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Youth events include mutton bustin' and junior barrel racing events designed to create memories for a lifetime. For more information on the boot scramble or other youth events, contact Madelyn Wagner at electricmadwag@aol.com.

The Stampede Rodeo is still seeking a sponsor for the junior barrel race. If anyone or any business is interested in sponsoring this event they will be rewarded with publicity as well as gratitude from the young cowboys and cowgirls as they display their talents. For more information on how to become a rodeo sponsor, contact Joyce Holmes at joyceinvc@gmail.com or call (760) 445-1723.

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