The California Rodeo Salinas Offers Many Children’s Activities

By: Mandy Linquist

Photo by John F. Gay Jr.

SALINAS, CA – The California Rodeo Salinas welcomes children of all ages to participate in one of the many events geared toward kids. This Sunday, the Kiddie Kapers Parade takes place in the Salinas City Center at 3pm. The parade will assemble at the Salinas Recreation Center on Lincoln Avenue then start at Salinas and San Luis Streets and loop around to Main Street, Gabilan Street, up Alisal Street and back to Lincoln. No pre-registration is required and there are multiple categories to participate in. The parade is presented by Sakata Seed America. Information can be found at

The Rodeo’s mascot, Dude, will be at the Kiddie Kapers parade and at the California Rodeo Salinas each night/day. Dude is a giant cowboy hat with sunglasses, a mustache, belt and buckle; photo opportunities are available.

Western Actors will perform rope tricks and more Thursday through Sunday on the Doctors on Duty Stage near the Rodeo statue on the north end of the mid-way.

The California Rodeo’s Stick Horse Race is presented by Black Bear Diner at 4:30pm on Thursday, September 23rd. Register children to participate starting at 4pm near the McDonald’s Kids Corral. Participants will be divided into age groups of 3-4-, 5-6- & 7–8-year-olds. The finalists in each age group will compete in the performance which starts at 6pm. Learn more:

During the California Rodeo Salinas the McDonald’s Kids Corral is open daily and free with your Rodeo entry ticket. There are many activities available to keep children entertained. Get more information here:

The Mutton Busting contestants have already been selected, but children will enjoy watching their peers ride sheep on the track daily. The Mutton Busting is presented by Pacific Valley Bank.

The Rodeo’s Autograph Party is presented by SAFETEQUIP daily after each Rodeo performance. Children can get the signatures of top cowboys and cowgirls, bullfighters and more on the track. Complimentary posters will be distributed. Get full details here:

Rodeo tickets start at just $11 for children ages 2 and up and include entry into the mid-way, Kids Corral and a seat to watch the Rodeo performance which will feature trick riding by the Riata Ranch Cowboy Girls ( daily along with Rodeo Entertainer Matt Merritt ( The evening performances feature finale fireworks.

About California Rodeo Salinas
The California Rodeo Salinas will take place September 23rd-26th, 2021. The California Rodeo Association is a not-for-profit organization that strives to preserve and promote the traditions of the California Rodeo Salinas and the West. We support the community and other non-profit organizations through the staging of the annual California Rodeo Salinas and other year-round operations of the Salinas Sports Complex. Through donation of our facility, vending and fundraising opportunities during Rodeo and other events, the California Rodeo Association returns over $500,000 annually to local non-profits. For more information about the California Rodeo Salinas, log on to or call the California Rodeo Office at 831-775.3100. ‘Like’ the California Rodeo on Facebook at or follow us on twitter @CaliforniaRodeo for updates, photos and more.

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