Clovis Rodeo

Clovis, CA 93613

559-299-8838

History:

1914 - Began as an Old West celebration by the Clovis Women's Club. It was a venue for local cowboys to compete. It evolved into a two-day event with bronc riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, bull riding, etc.

1916 - The event became known as the Clovis Day Festival. The events were kicked off on April 1st with family picnics, tug-o-wars, wheelbarrow races, etc. The culmination of the month was a parade through downtown Clovis, with the Clovis Municipal Band and a Festival Queen being crowned. The rodeo was the last weekend.

1920's - In the twenties the parade became a major event before the rodeo, with an old fashioned "paddy- wagon" in the parade and cowboys would pull merchants from their stores and put them in the wagon and finish the parade with them.

1921 - In this year the event became known as the Clovis Rodeo, with working cowboys the main participants.

Downtown Clovis was much different them, and people would park their cars around a vacant block and the rodeo would take place there.

1930's - The predecessor of today's Rodeo Association was formed and organized (Clovis Horse Show and Festival Assn.). The rodeo was held just north of Third St.

1937 - The group purchased 26 acres from the Shaver Lake Lumber Co. (today's rodeo grounds) with the intent of constructing a rodeo arena.

In April of that year the first wooden grandstand was built with seating for 1,400 people.

1946 - With the official name of Clovis Horse Show and Festival Assn, the association began to use the name of Clovis Rodeo Association.

1949 - The large concrete grandstand was constructed. At that time there was also a racetrack within the grounds. For many years the rodeo included "chuck-wagon races" around the grounds. During other times of the year the track was used for "hardtop' races. Many improvements have been constructed over the years.

The large hall building was constructed in the late 1980's.

In 2002 a VIP pavilion was constructed over the roping chutes for watching the rodeo indoors or on the elevated patio. The Clovis Rodeo has been one of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Tour Rodeos the last several years, which brings the top cowboys to our community. This event is also televised on national networks.

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