The cattle drive is off, but the rodeo is on this week in Folsom.
Folsom Chamber of Commerce and city officials announced that, due to the heat, the traditional cattle drive along Folsom's historic Sutter Street has been canceled. The annual pre-rodeo event had been scheduled for Wednesday, but with a high of 111 degrees forecast that day, officials said they were concerned about the welfare of the public and the livestock.
"We feel the safety of the public and cattle drive participants is vital so we are addressing this issue proactively," Dan Haverty, Folsom Pro Rodeo chairman, said in a written statement.
The rodeo, however, will go on as scheduled July 4-6 in the Dan Russell Arena at Natoma and Stafford streets. Gates open at 6 p.m. each evening, with roping events at 7 p.m. and riding events at 8 p.m. A fireworks show will be held at 9:30 p.m. Cooling measures for those attending the rodeo will include shade structures, misters, free bottled water and access the adjacent tree-shaded Folsom City Park.
For more information, see the website at www.FolsomProRodeo.com.
Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.