Welcome to the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo and Festival, brought to you each Memorial Day Weekend by the Valley Center Optimist Club. Our town may be small, but our community’s great love of rodeo is evident by the thousands that show up each year to cheer on their favorite cowboys and cowgirls. This year will be no exception, and we invite you to come enjoy our family-friendly rodeo and community festival on May 26 & 27, 2017.
The town of Valley Center, CA is one of only a few remaining rural equestrian and agriculture-based communities in San Diego County. The Stampede Rodeo and Festival provides the ultimate venue for the community to come together and participate in America’s greatest showcase of patriotism and western heritage… Rodeo!
The 2017 Stampede Rodeo & Festival will kick-off on Friday, May 26 at the Valley Center Community Center located at 28246 Lilac Road in Valley Center. On Saturday, May 27 the grounds will reopen following our town’s historic parade. (Visit the Rodeo Information page for the Schedule of Events.)
The community festival will feature vendors, western arts & crafts, food booths, live bands, a horseshoe tournament, beer gardens and more. After enjoying the festival, the community is invited to head to the rodeo grandstands for a full rodeo event lineup, followed by a live band and dancing on both Friday and Saturday night.
True to the mission of the Optimist Club, we take pride in providing opportunities to showcase our talented youth throughout the weekend through the singing of the National Anthem, Mutton Bustin’, and Junior Barrel Racing. We also offer several volunteer opportunities for youth that want to learn more about rodeo and have a more intimate rodeo experience. The Valley Center Optimist Club donates rodeo proceeds back to local youth programs and provides scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors.
Rodeo and community festival attendees are sure to have a great time while also honoring those that gave the ultimate sacrifice to our nation and supporting the betterment of our local youth.
Don’t miss the 2017 Stampede Rodeo & Festival!
Stampede Rodeo Mutton Bustin’ Entry Forms Available April 1, 2017
Stampede Rodeo will once again kick off with the crowd favorite Mutton Bustin’ event, where kids reenact the rodeo rituals of bull & bronc riding in miniature form. Just like in those events, the kids are placed onto a sheep in a real bucking chute. When the chute door opens, the sheep take off and riders hang on as long as they can. Every rider is given a participation belt buckle and earns a permanent ear-to-ear grin. News Release » Entry Form »
Stampede Rodeo Opens Signups for Junior Barrel Racing April 1, 2017
In keeping with our mission to promote the youth of Valley Center, the Stampede Rodeo has created a division of Barrel Racing for young, novice riders. The Junior Barrel Racing event is designed to encourage young riders to get their feet wet in the sport of rodeo, without having to compete against experienced barrel racers. News Release » Entry Form »
Valley Center Stampede & Festival
May 26-27, 2017
To view and purchase pictures from the 2016 Stampede Rodeo, please visit the site of our official photographer JNJPhotography.net.
One of the highlights each year is the crowning of the Valley Center Rodeo Queen, Junior Queen, Young Miss & Little Miss. The new Valley Center Rodeo Queen is crowned each April and represents the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo each May. To learn more about the pageant and see the current title holders, please visit the Rodeo Queen site.