Cattle Call Parade, Rodeo Highlight the weekend

By Steve Larson

There will be bands, floats, horses,queens, clowns and more in Brawley this weekend.

The Brawley Cattle Call and Rodeo heads into its Saturday and Sunday finale after a week of activity that started last Saturday.

This year’s parade will feature over 115 entries and is considered the largest production of its kind in Southeast California. Horse groups from the Valley, from law enforcement and from other parts of California will ride the parade route which begins at Western Avenue and Main Street, nwest of Hwy. 86 and continues through downtown to Palm Avenue.

There will be 119 entries scheduled for this year’s affair and its all free to the public. Some people stake out their seats early, roping together chairs along the parade route the night before and lining up pickup trucks in parking lots where they can.

The rest join in along the curbs and at the main grandstand in front of city hall, where a $5.00 charge gets you a better seat for all the entries. Announcers are stationed along the whole parade route to give everyone a running account of the nentries and who makes them up.

The parade begins at 9:30 a.m.with motorcycles and color

guards leading off the pageantry. the Blue Knights Motorcycle Club is first down the parade route to clear the way for all the entries. It’s made up of members

of law enforcement and provides a powerful, growling start to the parade.

Grand Marshall for this year’s parade is well known western actor Andrew Prine.

Prine was born on February 14, 1936 in Jennings, Florida. He is a Western movie actor and experienced his first role as James Keller in the Academy Award-Winner, The Miracle Worker. Since that role, he has been on

numerous movies and tv shows. Some of the more popular appearances were on Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Doctor Queen,

Medicine Woman, Wagon Train and many more.

Cattle Call Queen Kaylynn Sampson will head up the royalty

from the area who will be part of the parade.

If you want to enjoy some good food, then get up early and attend the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast which takes place in South Plaza Park beginning at 7 a.m. There’s pancakes, eggs, ham, coffee and juice waiting for you. It’s the prefect way to kick off your day.

The first session of the rodeo begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Cattle Call arena. You’ll get riding, roping, bulldogging, bronco busting and bull stomping all for one low price. If you love rodeo, this is the place to be in southern California. It’s the last rodeo before the National Finals in Las Vegas and attracts some of the better riders and performers who are looking to pile up points.

There is a second session under nthe lights beginning at 7p.m. Saturday too. And the whole thing wraps up

Sunday afternoon with the rodeo’s final session and the

announcement of the winners in each event.

If you’re hanging around Friday, stop by North Plaza Park for the Music Festival that will get you in the mood for the weekend. There will be music of all kinds as local bands entertain. Bring your lawn chair and your blanket,

partake in some of the food available in the park and have a kickin’ good time in the park.

Due to his involvement in the Western themed genre of films, Prine has had the advantage to work with some well known actors including but not limited to John Wayne, Dean Martin, Henry Fonda and Glen Ford.

His more recent appearances were as a guest star on “Saving Grace”, “CSI”, “Boston Legal” and also “Six Feet Under”.

He has also written two screenplays, which have been optioned by film companies for upcoming productions. Prine is currently married to Heather Lowe and

they reside in California.

Earlier this week the Cattle Call took on a Latin look with the Fiesta De Familia on Sunday and the Mariachi Night in Plaza park. You got all the fiery Latin sounds associated with these two great events.

In addition, you could hear some Cowboy Poetry at the Stockemen’s club. Variations on cowboy philosophy were spouted by several people during the evening and there were even some impromptu renditions. the event is hosted annually by Leonard vasquez, an expert in the art form who keeps alive a local tradition.

Thursday night is the annual Cowbelles’ Dinner at the the

Lions Center before Friday’s Music Festival and the rest of the festivities for the big weekend.