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Inside look at Lakeside Western Days parade and rodeo

“If it gets bad, you roll up in a ball and hope and pray, grab his horn, grab his head. It is only 8 seconds, but seems like eternity,” mentioned bull fighter, Joe Butler

LAKESIDE, Calif. — The Lakeside group is having fun with the 57th Annual Western Days Parade.

The Richardson household has attended the final ten years in a row.

“It’s so much fun and patriotic. There are lots to support,” mentioned mom, Carrie Richardson. 

“It’s America in a nutshell!,” mentioned proprietor of Eastbound Bar and Grill, Benjamin Clevenger. 

The Lakeside Rodeo is an enormous a part of the 4 day occasion. It not solely helps boosts business at surrounding eating places, it is one of many largest fundraisers for youngsters in Lakeside. 

“We give away $4 million in scholarships to children of Lakeside,” mentioned Dick Ponce, Lakeside Rodeo. 

The rodeo contains bull driving, steer roping and barrel races. 

“Bull riding is the best part of the rodeo in my opinion. Everybody wants to see it,” mentioned bull fighter, Joe Butler, who has been bull combating for 22 years. 

“If it gets bad, you roll up in a ball and hope and pray, grab his horn, grab his head. We don’t want those bulls following us. It is only 8 seconds, but seems like an eternity,” mentioned Butler. 

“It’s like a street fair. There’s popcorn, hot dogs and it’s an excellent show. I can’t even explain it. It’s good to have it back after COVID,” mentioned Jo Beth Ellis, attendee visiting from National City. 

The western actions proceed Sunday and the Richardson household plans to be there it doesn’t matter what. 

“It’s a wonderful place to be with family and friends,” mentioned Richardson. 

Saturday night time’s rodeo is bought out, nonetheless you should buy tickets here for Sunday’s rode from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. 

WATCH RELATED: Chopper 8 flies over the Lakeside Rodeo on April 21, 2022.

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