Git along, little dogies, to the Chowchilla Western Stampede

The 57th Chowchilla Western Stampede kicked off Friday morning with the historic cattle drive down Robertson Boulevard in Chowchilla. At right, Steve Branco of Chowchilla, a member of the Stampede committee and a son of a founding member of the committee, still competes in roping events. Cowboys and cowgirls from all over competed in three days of roping events at the Chowchilla-Madera County Fairgrounds. The Stampede barrel races will be held Saturday beginning at noon. All events are free to the public.