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Our Sheriff's Department Should NOT Be Funding The Boy Scouts of America Riding, roping in Devore

03:16 PM PDT on Friday, September 24, 2004

By MONIQUE H. HENDERSON / Special to The Press-Enterprise Bull riding, steer wrestling and team roping are some of the featured events at this year's Sheriff's Rodeo, which starts today and continues through Sunday.

The event will be held at the Sheriff's Rodeo Arena in Devore, at Devore Road and Glen Helen Parkway. Organizers say the event is designed with families and children in mind.

"It's really about families coming together and having a good time watching something that is part of American history and American culture," said Mario Quesada, marketing director for the rodeo. "It really is just good, old-fashioned fun."

The bull-riding event is a particular favorite among rodeo fans, Quesada said.

"I think people find all the action of that event particularly exciting," Quesada said. "The audience really comes alive."

Tonight's activities kick off at 6 p.m. with the Challenged Children's Rodeo, an event for children with disabilities. The Blazing Spurs 4-H Drill Team also will perform.

The rodeo competition starts at 8 p.m., followed by the country-western band Fit to Be Tied, which will perform at 9:30 p.m. today and Saturday.

On Saturday, gates open at 4 p.m., with the Challenged Children's Rodeo at 6 p.m. The rodeo begins at 8 p.m.

Gates open at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Challenged Children's Rodeo will start at 3 p.m., followed by the rodeo competition at 5 p.m. Rodeo events held each of the three days include bareback riding, steer wrestling, the saddle competition, tie-down roping, barrel racing, team roping and bull riding.

Tickets are $15 per day and can be purchased at the gate or in advance at area Boot Barn stores.

Proceeds will benefit the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department's mounted posse and rangers programs. Money also will go to local chapters of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the California 4-H Youth Development

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