And they call the thang a rodeo ...

LCC presents a rodeo, concert, album release party to raise funds for student scholarships next weekend

Anybody who’s ever been to Texas will tell you the cowpokes down there think everything is bigger and better in Texas. They’re even likely to claim rodeo — a bunch of competitive events loosely based on the ropin’ and ridin’ skills of working cowboys — began there around 1880 or so. While the Lone Star State cow punchers surely put their brand on the sport, it probably began with the vaqueros in Chihuahua south of the Rio Grande.

Let’s forget all that because the excitement of a real live, rootin’-tootin’ college rodeo arrives at Lassen County Fairgrounds featuring some of the Northwest’s guys and gals competing against each other Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13.

Friday’s rodeo begins at 6 p.m. at the Rodeo Grounds at the Lassen County Fairgrounds, and admission is free, as is Saturday morning’s 9 a.m. slack rodeo.

All three events include your favorites — calf roping, bareback riding, calf roping, breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, goat tying, team roping, barrel racing, bull riding and what would a rodeo be without those crazy and loveable rodeo clowns!

Tickets for Saturday afternoon — which features a 4 p.m. rodeo and a 7:30 p.m. concert and album release party in the Pavilion for local country singer Caleb Montgomery, a Label 22 recording artist — cost $20. All proceeds benefit the Lassen College Foundation. Advance tickets are available at Margie’s Book Nook, the Bottle and Brush Art Bar, online and at the door.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and the proceeds benefit LCC Rodeo scholarships.

Teams from the Norhwest Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association have been invited to attend including LCC, Blue Mountain Community College (Pendleton, Oregon), Treasure Valley Community College (Ontario, Oregon), the University of Idaho (Moscow, Idaho) and Walla Walla Community College (Milton Freewater, Oregon).

Rodeo standings
The LCC men’s team is rebuilding this year, but several of the ladies rank in the association’s top 10 in several events.

The LCC women’s team holds down fourth place in the standing with 1,126 points, trailing No. 3, the University of Idaho (1,317.5 points) and leading

Walla Walla Community College (628 points).

LCC’s Kylie Ann Askew leads the association in Breakaway Roping, Marissa Jean Rosenberg holds down fifth place and Jenna Kylyn Watkins and Grace Ann Pinochi are tied for 12thplace.

Watkins is in third place in Team Roping Header and Abrigail Lynne Armstrong is in eighth place.

Pinochi is in third place in Team Roping Healer and Rosenberg is in eighth place.

Emily LaRae Mayo is in fourth place in goat tying and Caitlyn Jane Mackey is in eighth place.

Lassen College Foundation
Incorporated in 1977, the Lassen College Foundation is a public charity under IRC Section 501(c)(3). The foundation provides financial support to the college for scholarships and innovative programs.​

The objectives of the foundation are to continue providing scholarships to attend Lassen Community College, develop an alumni association, build an endowment fund, and increase college involvement within the community and community involvement in the college.

The foundation offers scholarships to attend Lassen Community College to graduating high school seniors within the college district.