This year marks fifty-eight years of rodeo in Penn Valley and the tenth anniversary of Penn Valley Community Rodeo Association.
The annual Penn Valley Rodeo dates back to 1956, when a handful of local ranchers staged a one-day rodeo behind the old Fire House to help fund Penn Valley’s volunteer firefighters. The rodeo was a success and for the next five decades it continued to benefit the Penn Valley Fire Department.
By 2004, rodeo attendance had declined to the point that a decision was made to discontinue the Penn Valley Rodeo. At that time, a handful of community activists and rodeo fans formed the non profit Penn Valley Community Rodeo Association to preserve the tradition of rodeo in Penn Valley.
PVCRA produced its first rodeo in May 2005. It has since added an AMA sanctioned Mule & Donkey Show, the Doc Halstead $500-Added Open Barrel Race series, and a Summer Fun Gymkhana Buckle series.
PVCRA’s Board of Directors work tirelessly to produce quality family entertainment in the western tradition with two nights of pro rodeo, Friday and Saturday, May 15 and 16, followed by a hometown ranch rodeo on Sunday, May 17, 2015.