Saturday

Watsonville Strawberry Festival

Watsonville Strawberry Festival
Watsonville Strawberry FestivalIt's that time of year again, time for the Watsonville Strawberry Festival I can always tell as I'm driving around Monterey County past the strawberry fields that when you can see the strawberries ripe on the vines from the road and smell that sweet strawberry smell coming through the windows that the Watsonville Strawberry Festival can't be too far off. 
At the Watsonville Strawberry Festival they will have Strawberries and lots of them. they will have desserts of all types and shapes made from strawberries. My favorite is still the old fashioned strawberry short cake. I forget the booth that sells it but I know what it looks like when I get to the festival. They have an arts and crafts area for the kids. Let you kids Grow Their Own Strawberries this year. They always seem to have local artists showing off their work, There will be live music as soon as I get that schedule I will post it on this page so come back for the schedule. There will be food of all types from barbecue skewers to pizza and everything in between. There is a car show and everyone brings their old cars that they have fixed up and shows them off. Some of them are very beautiful and very expensive and others are cars that your parents probably drove but the owners have made them nicer than when they came from the factory. There will be people dancing in the street some in costume and some just dancing.  So come out to the Watsonville Strawberry Festival it's a good time.
When is The Watsonville Strawberry Festival
August 4th and 5th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in historic downtown Watsonville Ca. in the downtown central plaza. Admission to the Strawberry Festival is Free now that's a deal.  It's usually warm but this is the coast so bring a sweater or a coat.
Parking for Watsonville Strawberry Festival
Parking is two blocks away from the Plaza in the Civic Plaza parking garage you can enter the parking garage on Rodriguez street the cost for parking is $5.00. You can't beat that. I'll see you there.Strawberries (La Trinidad, Benguet), a photo by ~MVI~ (goes mirror-less!) on Flickr.

Sunday

Salinas Rodeo Big Week is Riding Into Town

The Salinas Rodeo is Riding Into Town
Rodeo Salinas, Salinas Rodeo     It's July in Salinas California and that only means one thing Big Week is coming. The California Rodeo Salinas is one of the things Salinas is known for. There is so much going on during big week of the California Rodeo that there is bound to be something for everyone.

Events During The California Rodeo Salinas Big Week

Alan Jackson Concert
The Alan Jackson Concert is on July 21 after the third California Rodeo Performance You can buy tickets at the You can buy tickets at the box office. General Admission tickets are $35.00 and the VIP tickets are allready sold out so if you want to see Alan Jackson you should get your tickets soon as those too could sell out.  The Alan Jackson Concert gates will open at 6:30 and the music will start at 7:30 pm. including his latest hit "So You Don't Have To Love Me Anymore." It's really nice to see Salinas getting back into the live music scene again over the last couple of years they have had several live concerts at this location and all have been successful.
Kiddie Kapers Parade
Kiddie Kapers is one of my favorite events. It's a parade of for and by children. There are several different classes from playground floats to your cowboys and cowgirls. There has to be cowboys right it's big week. There's a class for costumed kids and pets. So dress up your little one and catch the dog and dress him up too and bring them out to the parade. There are dance teams drill teams and one of my favorites rolling riders. Basically rolling riders if if it can roll on wheels it goes. So bikes wagons strollers whatever you can imagine on wheels and don't forget to dress up it's a parade after all.
Kiddie Kapers is Saturday July 14 at 6:30 P.M. and it's free
man trick riding on a horse, riding tricksTo participate you should arrive at the Salinas High School parking lot no later than 5 P.M.

The Colmo Parade
The Colmo Parade will immediately follow the Kiddie Kapars Parade. If you are going to watch either or both events get to downtown early and secure your seats along the route early as the good seats go fast. Bring a little dinner and some drinks and settle in for the nights festivities. Non Alcoholic drinks only  The Colmo parade was brought back a couple of year ago for one year during the anniversary of the parade. It turned into a really great event and it's been brought back the two years since so hopefully it becomes a yearly tradition again. The Colmo parade just seems to be part of big week again I wonder why they ever stopped having it so long ago? Probably money at the time who knows. 
Stick Horse Racing At The Rodeo
So, every year you see these cute little kids racing with their stick horses during the main rodeo event. You always wonder how do I get my little one signed up for that? They are sure to be the fastest stick horse racer in the area. Here's the scoop. 
Bring your 3 to 8 year old child to the kiddie Corral at 4P.M. on July 19. They must bring their own Stickhorse. Children will be divided into age groups of 3-4 5-6 7-8 year olds. The winner in each group will receive a silver buckle and everyone who participates gets something. 
PBR Bull Riding In Salinas
The bull riding is on July 18 at 7P.M. Gates open at 5P.M. These are the PBR touring pro division bull riders they are riding to secure their spots on the pro tour. So you are seeing some real up and coming bull riders out here in Salinas.

Rodeo Week By The Numbers
$8,000 The Prize Elliott Jacoby took home last year after winning the bull riding event.

20 Age of Kendra Brennanas Miss California Rodeo Salinas 2011

$45,000 The amount of money that the Ca. Rodeo Tough Enough To Wear Pink program donated to Cancer charities.

$1,000 the the cost to enter the Ag Against Hunger produce Mascot Race
Some people come to the rodeo for the parades or the barbeque or just to check out the cowboys or cowgirls riding their horses or bulls whatever it is come out and support one of Salinas signature events. I will see you at the rodeo.
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various739-Salinas-Rodeo, a photo by frankkeillor on Flickr.
trick, a photo by actual size on Flickr.
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