Valley Center Stampede Rodeo & Festival

The Valley Center Stampede Rodeo and Memorial Festival is held annually in the rural town of Valley Center, CA over the Memorial Day weekend. Our quaint community is nestled in the mountains of North San Diego County and still exemplifies many aspects of America’s traditional western and agricultural lifestyles.

Since 2002, the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo has provided the ultimate family-friendly venue for our town and the surrounding communities to come together and participate in America’s greatest showcase of patriotism and western heritage… rodeo! In 2017, we were sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA), making the 2018 VC Stampede Rodeo the first-ever professional rodeo in Valley Center!

This year’s rodeo will kick-off on Friday, May 25 at our new rodeo grounds located at 29902 Valley Center Road. On Saturday, May 26 the grounds will reopen following our town’s historic parade. Please visit the Rodeo Information page for the schedule of events and check back often for any updates or changes.

In honor of Memorial Day, we proudly pay tribute to our nation’s veterans throughout the weekend and at each rodeo performance. We also take great pride in providing opportunities to showcase our talented local youth through the singing of the National Anthem, Mutton Bustin’, and Junior Barrel Racing. As such, rodeo proceeds are donated to local youth organizations, as well as organizations that promote the moral of our military.

The Valley Center Stampede Rodeo is organized and run solely by volunteers – there are no paid positions. As such, we truly appreciate new volunteers (from high school age on up). If you are interested in joining our efforts this year, please send us a message and we’ll put you in touch with the appropriate volunteer coordinator.

Please mark your calendars now for the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo and Memorial Festival on May 25 - 26, 2018!

Happy Trails,

Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Committee

Rodeo News!

V.C. Stampede Rodeo Offers Barrel Racing Event for Novice Riders Aged 12 and Under Apr. 10, 2018

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 Race 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. Read more »  Entry Form

2018 Stampede Rodeo Mutton Bustin’ Entry Forms Available April 2nd Mar. 26, 2018

Each year, the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo opens with the crowd favorite Mutton Bustin’ event. As the chutes open, lil’ cowboys and cowgirls imitate the sport of rodeo atop a running sheep. Of course, real cowboys and cowgirls are nearby to pick them up and dust them off at the end of their ride. The rodeo crowd goes crazy with applause and the Mutton Bustor walks out of the arena with the same pride of the professional rodeo contestants. All Mutton Bustors receive a participation belt buckle to proudly show off their bravery to their friends and family. Read more »  Entry Form

Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Enters New Arena Nov. 8, 2017

So the question is, “Can you have the best of both worlds?” When it comes to the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo, the answer is “Yes, you can!” Specifically, we’re talking about the fact that the VC Stampede Rodeo recently became part of the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association), which means they will be kicking it up a notch. Instead of an “open” rodeo, they will be bringing in the pros. Read more »

Not Their First Rodeo Oct. 27, 2017

Did you know that the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo is more than just a great event over Memorial Day Weekend? Even if you are familiar with this wonderful group, here are a few things you may not know. The Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Committee is comprised of dedicated volunteers who work hard year-round to keep “Rodeo” alive in our community. Read more »

2018 Stampede Rodeo & Festival

Valley Center Stampede & Festival
May 25-26, 2018

To view and purchase pictures from the Stampede Rodeo, please visit the site of our official photographer

Support Our Sponsors

5/21/2017 to 6/2/2017

Community Service Scholarship

Pictured from left to right: Harrison Bauer, Jay West, Victoria Holtz, Joyce Holmes, & Michael Utter

The Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Committee, in partnership with the Valley Center Optimist Club, is pleased to announce that $2,000 will be awarded to graduating seniors to help defray the cost of the college, university or trade school that they will be attending this fall. Graduating seniors can apply for this community service based scholarship if they volunteered at two or more Valley Center Stampede Rodeos during their high school years (including this year’s rodeo) and cumulatively volunteered at least 20 hours. The application must be competed in its entirety, along with an essay (approximately 500 words) answering the following prompt, “What impact has volunteering at the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo had in your life and how do believe community service in general will affect your future?” All applications must be received by June 1st. The second page of the application provides more information regarding requirements and ways to submit the application. VCHS Seniors will be recognized at the Senior Awards Night. For more information, email the Rodeo Scholarship Coordinator, Trina West, at

Rodeo Queen

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.