More than 60 years after its inception, the Brawley Cattle Call continues to offer a week full of events and rodeo competition. The town has already begun ramping up preparations for the annual celebration of the ranch lifestyle that has its local roots in the founding Imperial Valley’s fertile farming empire.
The rodeo starts long before the opening of the rodeo gates on the second weekend of each November, this year the 9th and 10th. The Cattle Call Queen Contest is decided months before the rodeo ever begins and this was the first year the contest was held outside of the Cattle Call Arena.
Dale Griggs, of Griggs Freight Lines near Brawley, explained, “The Cattle Call Arena was rained out on the weekend the competition was scheduled so we used a small area I have at my place.”
Griggs said his smaller arena worked “in a pinch” for the pageant but that future Cattle Call queen competitions will be held at the Cattle Call Arena if the weather permits.
This year’s pageant champions are Cattle Call Queen Jessica Friley, Teen Queen Cidney Roper, Junior Queen Demi Vogel and Little Miss Abigail Childers. The young ladies will ride their horses in the Nov. 9 parade and appear at each of the rodeo events.
Below is the week-long schedule of Cattle Call events.
Chili Cook-off Nov. 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Plaza Park in Brawley
Cattle Call Mixer Nov. 4, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Mariachi Night Nov. 6, 6-10 p.m.
Cattle Call Parade Nov. 9, 9 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
Main St. Brawley
Cattle Call Rodeo Nov. 9, 2 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Cattle Call Arena
Cattle Call Rodeo Nov. 10, 1 p.m.
Cattle Call Arena
Rodeo Committee Chairperson Carson Kalin reminded rodeo fans to plan for the commute to and from the Cattle Call Arena.
“Get there early. With the heavy traffic in and out of the stadium parking lot, getting to the rodeo early is paramount so you can see the whole show and be in your seats when Ol’ Glory comes out.”
Kalin encouraged fans to arrive at the Cattle Call Arena 30 minutes early to find parking for the daytime rodeos and 1 hour for the evening event and be prepared for an equal wait time on the way out.
The Brawley Chamber of Commerce created the theme “extreme sports” for this year’s Rodeo.
“We’ve always been an extreme sport and we brought in someone really special this year to demonstrate that,” Kalin chuckled.
He elaborated, “Our special entertainment this year is Tomas Garcilazo. He is the premier Charro rider in the world and will be performing with his son. He swings his rope around doing tricks while controlling the horse with his feet all over the arena.”
Charreria is Mexican rodeo. Charros are highly skilled horse riders who perform in traditional vaquero clothing. They preform intricate techniques such walking through their own lasso on horseback.
“Garcilazo is one of the best in the world,” Kalin said. “He and his son will be in the entry area on Sunday morning (Nov. 10) to meet fans.”
Nov. 10 is also family day at the rodeo, during which free pony rides and face painting will be available to the rodeo’s junior attendees.
After the rodeo on Sunday a Mixteco performance will take place in the arena for rodeo attendees.
For kids 10 and under the rodeo will have a “Dollar Dig” with a $100 dollar prize for each of the three rodeo events. The hunt starts at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 9 for the Saturday afternoon rodeo, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9 for the Saturday evening event and at 12:30 p.m. on Nov.10 for the Sunday afternoon event.
For information about the parade visit www.brawleychamber.com For information about the rodeo and tickets please visit www.cattlecallrodeo.com.
Story featured on the October 31, 2019 e-edition.