Chutes and Chaps


  • Photo by Carol Niles Photography

Polish your boots and buckles, it's rodeo time in Fortuna. All year 'round the folks in the Friendly City ready themselves for the Fortuna Rodeo, happening this year from July 15-22. With a chili cook off, carnival, junior rodeo, parade, barbecue and multitude of other events, it's more fun than you can shake a stick at.

Rodeo week hits the ground running a day early with the Fortuna Rodeo Run/Walk on Sunday, July 15, starting at 9 a.m. in the Redwood Cafe parking lot.

Then on Monday, things get spicy. Grab your ladle and head to the Chili Cookoff on Main Street from 5-6:30 p.m. for tastings and live music (free).

Tuesday, bring the young'uns to the Redwood Village Shopping Center for Children's Games from 6-8:30 p.m. (free) and Carnival rides at Rohner Park in the evening — continuing daily through Sunday, starting at noon ($35 all-day wristband).

On Wednesday catch the Junior Rodeo at 10 a.m. at the Rodeo Grounds (free) and Street Games at 6 p.m. on Main Street (free). Thursday's Junior Rodeo starts at 9 a.m. with Fireman's Games on Main Street at 6:30 p.m. (free).

Friday's rough and ready Bullfighters Only Night and Motorsports at the Rodeo Grounds (gates open at 5 p.m.) begins at 7 p.m. ($20, $35 VIP).

Saturday, knock back a stack of cakes at the Kiwanis pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. at the Rohner Park Cook Shack ($7, $5), then watch the parade down Main Street at noon (free). Rodeo bucks to life at the Rodeo Grounds at 2 p.m. ($10, $5 children under 12, free for children under 3). And in the evening hours see Bulls, Broncs, Bands & Brews at the Rodeo Grounds with music at 7 p.m. and bronc and bull riding at 8 p.m. ($10).

Sunday's legendary deep-pit barbecue is not to be missed. Load up on great eats starting at 11 a.m. at Rohner Park and enjoy live music with friends ($15) before saddling up for another round of rodeo action at 1:30 p.m. at the Rodeo Grounds ($10, $5).

Get your event tickets online at or bring cash to the gate.

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