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Contents 2011 Rodeo Committee ...............................4 President’s Message......................................5 Special Thanks to Our Sponsors ..............6 Schedule of Events .......................................7 Clear Steer – About the Cover Art..........8 2010 Winners ..................................................9 2011 Fortuna Rodeo Grand Marshals: Roy and Laurada Curless ...................... 10 Kids’ Events ....................................................15 Know Your History – New book on the history of the Eel River Valley .............17 Motorized Steeds – Friday Family Fun Night and Motorsports Events .......... 19 “Cowboy” Kenny Bartram .........................21 Feeding Time – Pancake Breakfast, Cowboy Mixer, Deep Pit Barbecue ...22 The Dave Russell Band ...............................25 The Main Event ............................................27 Bull Riding ................................................ 28 Saddle Bronc ........................................... 29 Bareback Riding...................................... 30 Steer Wrestling ........................................31 Calf Roping ................................................31 Team Roping ............................................32 Breakaway Roping ..................................33 Barrel Racing ............................................33 The (Former) Fast and Furious – Results of the 1988 Fortuna Rodeo Fun Run...34-35 The History of the Fortuna Rodeo ...37-39 The Tom McWhorter Scholarship ......... 41 Eel River Valley Services, Lodging, Dining and Attractions ..................42-46

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publisher Judy Hodgson

graphic design/production Siobhan Calderwood, Alana Chenevert, Lynn Jones, a&e editor Linda Schwend Bob Doran advertising manager Mike Herring contributing writer Andrew Goff advertising sales Colleen Hole, production manager Shane Mizer, Karen Sack Carolyn Fernandez advertising assistant Kathryn Blaisdell art director Holly Harvey office manager Carmen England on the cover 2011 Fortuna Rodeo poster art by Kay Harden. Read more about this year’s poster on page 8.

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Welcome to the 90th Annual Fortuna Rodeo !

2011 Rodeo Committee

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ORTUNA RODEO ASSOCIATION, INC. (A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION) IS SPONSORED JOINTLY BY THE FORTUNA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THE FORTUNA VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT.

L TO R, TOP ROW Wayne Tomasini, Dance and Beer; Todd Fulton, Dance and Beer; Shannon McWhorter*, President/Tickets and Admissions; Don Brown, Advertising and Publicity; Scott Wheeler, Friday Night Activities; Hec Wood, Street Activities. BOTTOM ROW Ed Tanferani*, Merchants Contributions; Jim Hinrichs, Parade; Dave Jackson*, Secretary/Treasurer; Ricky Ruud, Street Activities; John Crotty, Arena and grounds; Tom Daetwiler, BBQ; David Nicholson, BBQ; Kent Johnson, Parade; Dave Victorine, Vice President/ Police and Parking; Roy Curless*, Carnival and Concessions. *Executive Committee PHOTO BY CAROL NILES PHOTOGRAPHY

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INETY YEARS-THE LEGEND RIDES ON” IS THIS YEAR’S THEME FOR THE FORTUNA RODEO, AND IT PRETTY MUCH SUMS IT UP. FOR 90 YEARS THE FORTUNA RODEO HAS BEEN THE PREMIER EVENT IN THE FRIENDLY City and this year it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. You won’t want to miss “Cowboy Kenny” this year, a specialty act that will make your head spin as he performs stunts and flips on his high flying motorcycle. Check out our web site for “Cowboy Kenny’s” video and a full schedule of events. As you will see, we have a week full of family friendly activities that everyone can enjoy. This year’s Fortuna Rodeo Grand Marshall’s are Roy and Laurada Curless. For 53 years Roy has been serving on the Fortuna Rodeo Board and for 32 of those years he was President. Roy has put in countless hours over the years for the good of the cause, and Laurada has

been right there with him, keeping him in line. Be sure and thank them both for their service to the community when you see them during Rodeo Week, they have earned it. Without the help of the City of Fortuna, Fortuna Chamber of Commerce and the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department it would not be possible to put this show on, but on it goes. Many hours of preparation and hard work behind the scenes goes into making the Fortuna Rodeo Week a success. It’s great to live in a city where everyone pitches in for such a great cause. So I invite you to come on down July 11th thru the 17th for the 90th Fortuna Rodeo, I promise you won’t be disappointed. Happy Trails, Shannon McWhorter, President

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Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors

• Coast Central Credit Union Coast Central Credit Union Day at the Rodeo, Saturday, July 16 • Pabst Blue Ribbon Pabst Day at the Rodeo, Sunday, July 17

Silver Sponsors

State Farm Insurance Companies Home Offices: Bloomington, Illinois

• Lithia Chrysler Dodge of Eureka Downtown Games, Wednesday, July 13 • Pacific Motorsports Quadiators, Friday, July 15

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FIREMAN’S GAMES 6:30 p.m., Main Street

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CARNIVAL Noon, Rohner Park All day wrist bands available for $25 each day.

CARNIVAL Noon, Rohner Park All day wrist bands available for $25 each day.

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COSTUME CONTEST Event registration at 6:30 p.m. sharp, contest starts at 7:15 p.m.

REFRESHMENTS Hamburgers and hotdogs provided by Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department’s Muster Team. Proceeds help the team travel to muster events all over California.

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CHILDREN’S GAMES 6:30 p.m., Redwood Village Center. Activities: Kids Fireman’s Muster, Jump Slide, Fire Truck, Face Painting, Fortuna Police Department Dunk Tank & more.

CAST IRON COOK-OFF 6:30 p.m., Western Frontier

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CHILI COOKOFF Sponsor: Fortuna Chamber of Commerce 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Main Street. Live music. Contact the Fortuna Chamber of Commerce, (707) 725-3959.

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FAMILY FUN NIGHT AT THE RODEO Sponsor: Bear River Casino Piñatas Sponsor: Redwood Empire Roofing Quadiator Sponsor: Pacific Motor Sports 6 p.m., Rodeo Grounds, Rohner Park Events: Piñatas, Animal Scramble, Calf Dressing Contest, QUAD BARREL RACING, LAWN MOWER RACING and QUADIATORS! Plus, Cowboy Kenny’s Freestyle Motocross Jumping Preview. $3.00 Admission for All Ages.

Saturday • July 16th FORTUNA KIWANIS PANCAKE BREAKFAST 7 a.m., Rohner Park Cook Shack

KIDNAPPED TOURIST TRIAL & HANGING Noon

FORTUNA RODEO 5K RUN/WALK 10 a.m. Proceeds benefit Relay for Life. Visit www.FortunaRodeo.com for application.

CARNIVAL Noon, Rohner Park All day wrist bands available for $25 each day.

CARNIVAL Noon, Rohner Park All day wrist bands available for $25 each day.

PARADE Noon, Main Street Visit www.FortunaRodeo.com for Parade application.

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RODEO Sponsor: Coast Central Credit Union 2 p.m., Rodeo Grounds, Rohner Park Box Seats: $10, adults: $7, children under 12 $3, children under 3 FREE.

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AFTER-RODEO BARREL RACING After the Rodeo. Rodeo Grounds, Rohner Park. Contact: Christine 845-0291.

BARBECUE 11 a.m., Rohner Park. Great food and live music

COWBOY MIXER – BBQ 5 p.m., Rohner Park Cook Shack. Music by Bill McBride BBQ & Dance: $18.00, children under 12: $10.00. Barbecue by Native Sons of the Golden West.

CARNIVAL Noon, Rohner Park All day wrist bands available for $25 each day.

RODEO DANCE Sponsor: Holiday Inn Express 8 p.m. to midnight, Fireman’s Pavilion, music by The Dave Russell Band. Dance only: $5.00

RODEO Pabst Blue Ribbon Day at the Rodeo Sponsor: Humboldt Beer Distributors 1:30 p.m., Rodeo Grounds, Rohner Park Box Seats: $10.00, adults: $7.00, children under 12 $3.00, children under 3 FREE ✪ Fortuna rodeo 2010

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HEN HUMBOLDT COUNTY ARTIST KAY HARDEN APPROACHED PAINTING THE IMAGE

that would adorn posters for the 2011 Fortuna Rodeo — and this program — she wanted to highlight a part of the event that hadn’t yet been been immortalized: Steer wrestling. It seemed appropriate for our area. “I figured, we have this local kid that’s one of the best steer wrestlers in the country,” said Harden referring to Fortuna-native and Ferndale High graduate Billy Bugenig, currently ranked second in steer wrestling by the PRCA, “that seemed like a good event to portray.” The image itself is homegrown as well. “Carol Niles shared a lot of her images with me so the image you see is based on photos taken at past events,” Harden states. She went on to reveal that the faces in the crowd may also be familiar to locals. See if you can

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pick out Rodeo regulars Ben McWhorter, Justin Mora and Dale Waddell A Sacramento native, Harden studied under Robert Arneson, William Wiley and Wayne Thiebaud to earn an art degree from UC Davis. She has been a Humboldt County resident for 18-years and is well-known for depicting our area’s redwood forests and rugged shorelines. You can see her work — by appointment — at her studio located at 750 14th St., in Fortuna or on her website kayharden.com. Her images caught the eye of Fortuna Rodeo board member Don Brown during North Coast Open Studios. “He like my work and asked me to do the poster. I was honored to do it.” If you’d like to own a little bit of Fortuna Rodeo history, Harden’s Rodeo painting will be available for auction at the Cowboy Mixer Saturday evening (see pg. 23 for more about the mixer). ✪

2011 PoSter art BY KaY Harden

Winning cowboys & cowgirls

2010 Winners

BREAKAWAY ROPING • SUSIE HUNT Bridgeville, California Sponsored by Artistic Legends, Inc.

GARY EDGMON MEMORIAL ALL-AROUND SADDLE BEN MCWHORTER FORTUNA CALIFORNIA

BARREL RACING • ANGIE HARDIN Cottonwood, California Sponsored by Edward Jones

SADDLE BRONC • JOHN REDIG Las Vegas, Nevada Sponsored by Humboldt Fence

CALF ROPING • J. CODY JONES Kelseyville, California Sponsored by Redwood Memorial Hospital

BULL RIDING • DERRICK MCCORMICK Covelo, California Sponsored by Bear River Casino

BAREBACK RIDING • CODY KISER Carson City, Nevada Sponsored by Fisch Drilling

STEER WRESTLING TYLER MITCHELL NAPA, CALIFORNIA Sponsored by Wyckoff’s Plumbing

TEAM ROPING WADE BUNN, PALO CEDRO, CALIFORNIA ALLEN GILL, MILLVILLE, CALIFORNIA SPONSORED BY THE PLAYROOM

WILD COW MILKING • BEN MCWHORTER Fortuna, California

FRED BARRY MEMORIAL HUMBOLDT COUNTY TOP HAND BUCKLE BEN MCWHORTER, Fortuna, California

LOCAL TEAM ROPING CHAD LAKE, CARLOTTA, CALIFORNIA BENMCWHORTER,FORTUNA,CALIFORNIA

TOM MCWHORTER MEMORIAL ALL-AROUND COWBOY JESSIE EGAN, Gridley, California Sponsored by Precision Intermedia

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OY CURLESS STILL CASTS A LONG SHADOW, LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY. AT 81, THE LONGTIME FORTUNA RODEO PRESIDENT AND CURRENT DIVISION 2 HUMBOLDT Bay Harbor Commissioner maintains an imposing presence, filling the doorway to his Fortuna home when he warmly invites you inside. But while still a commanding figure, his years of dedication to the Rodeo are what earned he and wife Laurada the honor of being named this year’s 2011 co-Grand Marshals. As has been the case nearly every year of their lives, Roy and Laurada, as well as the rest of their family are looking forward to this year’s festivities. Roy says he’s honored by the distinction. “I didn’t stay on the board all those years to be named Grand Marshall,” he said, “but it’s nice to be asked.” “You get to ride in a car in the parade,” add-

ed Laurada with a smile, “and you get in free.” Both Roy and Laurada’s roots in Fortuna and the Rodeo run deep. One need look no further than the home they share on Rohnerville Rd. for proof of their local ties. Laurada’s grandparents built it in 1865. “I’m 4th generation,” Laurada states proudly, also noting that their daughter lives in Laurada’s childhood home on Main St. As for the Rodeo, Laurada’s father helped organize it as a board member when a group of Fortuna businessmen took it over from the Cattleman’s Association in 1929, while Roy’s father was a former Grand Marshal himself. Both are Fortuna High School graduates — “I’m ’48, she’s ’49,” said Roy. He was on the baseball team; Laurada was editor of the school newspaper, then known as the Eye Spy. They even went to the prom together. They lost touch after high school, but reconcontinued on pg. 13

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nected when Roy returned to Fortuna after military service during the Korean War. This most recent June 10 — also Laurada’s birthday — marked 55 years since the couple was married in the Fortuna Methodist Church. “She got the better of the deal because I bought her a brand new Corvette,” said Roy, to which Laurada added, “But it showed up a day late for our honeymoon.” Luckily, the dealer let them borrow a spare Corvette. Roy first joined the Fortuna Rodeo board in 1958 and served in multiple capacities over the years. “I’ve done just about everything except the barbecue,” he said. In 1972, he became Rodeo President, a title he held for the next 32 years. According to the Curless family, Roy had always claimed that he would never serve as Grand Marshal since he felt it was a role meant to highlight other people who were

doing good in the community. Daughter Mary was surprised to hear that her dad had agreed to the title this year. “I asked him, ‘Do you have some terrible illness we don’t know about?’” He doesn’t. But with the Fortuna Rodeo celebrating its 90th year this year, Roy says he has no intentions of “getting off the horse” any time soon. In fact, he’s beginning a makeshift early campaign. “I’m going to make it for the 100th one, “Roy said referring to his intent to become a two-time Grand Marshall 10 years from now. “I’m gonna try, anyway.” ✪

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TUESDAY the 12th kicks all the fun off with a whole load of children’s games at 6 p.m. in the Redwood Village Shopping Center. Activities include the Kids Fireman’s Muster, Jump Slide, Fire Truck, Face Painting, Wax Hands, Rock Wall and more. On WEDNESDAY, the good times continue to roll as Main Street shuts down from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m, making way for a slew of street games, including the Stick Horse Race, Egg Toss, Kid’s Fun Jump and Kid’s Dummy Roping. There’s also the traditional Penny Scramble, which is broken up by age: 3 and under (with parents), 4-5 years and 6-7 years. Refreshments of hot dogs and hamburgers will abound thanks to the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department. A special thanks goes to Lithia Chrysler Dodge for sponsoring Wednesday night’s games. THURSDAY will have all the excitement of the largest Junior Rodeo on the North Coast starting at 8 a.m. at the Rodeo Grounds in Rohner Park. Broken up by age group — Peewees (age 6 and under), Junior Boys and Girls (6-13 years) and Senior Boys

and Girls (14-18) — the youngsters will compete in several trials as they do their best to be the All-Around Champion of their group. Five trophy saddles will be awarded, as well as 20 buckles to be divvied out among the best of each event. On FRIDAY at noon, the Carnival opens its gates to thrill-seekers big and small in Rohner Park. At around 7 p.m. the “Family Night” events begin in the arena, with a calf dressing contest, piñatas for different age groups filled with hundreds of dollars worth of dollar coins and the animal scramble where kids get to keep any critter they can catch. SATURDAY at noon is the big Downtown Parade, starting at Eighth Street and moving down Main towards Humboldt Tire on Fortuna Boulevard. Come to see the ponies and floats looking their festival best as they compete for the $200 best float prize. For those who want more, the Carnival at Rohner Park runs through SUNDAY, the final day of festivities. After a week of fun, your kids should be too tuckered out to misbehave. You’re welcome. ✪

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to release the local pictorial history Fortuna and the Eel River Valley, produced by Arcadia Publishing as part of their Images of America series. Fortuna and the Eel River Valley features 230 historic photographs from the collections of community members, the Depot Museum, and organizations such as the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department. Authors Depot Museum Curator Alex Service and Rio Dell teacher and Chair of the Fortuna Historical Commission Susan O’Hara tell the stories of the Eel River Valley’s growth and change. Pictures in the book give glimpses into crucial elements of the valley’s history. Harvesting, milling, and shipping of redwood lumber provided the economic mainstay for nearly 100 years. The fertile Eel River Valley became known for its apples, potatoes, and a large dairy industry. Relative isolation ended in 1914 with the completion of the railroad from San Francisco, and in the 1920s, expanded automobile traffic brought growing numbers of tourists to the redwood forests. “Friendly Fortuna” is a city of celebrations, known for its annual rodeo, first held in 1921. Organizations

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such as the Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department, founded in 1904, form the heart of the community. The Pacific Lumber Company town of Scotia, the now-vanished mill town of Newburg, and other neighboring communities such as Fernbridge—born in 1911 to house the men building what would become the world’s longest concrete bridge—have also woven their stories into the tapestry of Eel River Valley history. Available at the Depot Museum, the River Lodge gift shop and local bookstores, the book retails at $21.99. Proceeds benefit the Fortuna Depot Museum. Also, O’Hara and Service will be signing and selling copies of Fortuna and the Eel River Valley at the Cowboy Mixer in Rohner Park at 5:30 on July 16. ✪

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Over the years, the Fortuna Rodeo has incorporated unique motorsports into its schedule to rev things up a bit. And this year is no different with several opportunities to fill your nostrils with the sweet smell of exhaust. First, on Friday, be sure to check out Family Fun Night at Rohner Park, starting at 7 p.m. If it’s been a few years since you been you might be surprised how much its grown — its one of the most popular events of Rodeo week. Don’t miss the lawnmower and ATV races. But for most the highlight is none other than the glorious battle royale known as the Quadiators. “It’s a lot of excitement, full on red-neck action and people just eat it up,” said one past Quadiator competitor. Never heard of Quadiators? Here’s how it works: Put two riders on a quad and tape a balloon to the helmet of the passenger. Give them

a Wiffle ball bat, and watch as they swerve and circle their opponents while trying to bash them on the head, well, pop the balloon anyway. The first team to get popped loses, and is eliminated; the champs move on to another heat. And so it goes until a grand champ is proclaimed. For those of you who grew up playing video games, think “Live Action Mario Kart.” If you’d like a preview, just search YouTube for “Quadiators” and you’ll find clips of the onlyin-Fortuna action. Quadiators is underwritten by Pacific Motorsports. ✪

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HO’S HUNGRY? ANYONE WHO’S ATTENDED THE FORTUNA RODEO in the past knows that days full of fun and excitement are undoubtedly complimented by stomachs full of gut-busting grub. This year is no different with plenty of opportunities — whether it be the barbecue, Saturday’s pancake breakfast, Monday’s Chili Cookoff, or tempting carnival delights — to deliciously enhance your Rodeo experience. For starters, the Kiwanis Club of Fortuna is proud to once again offer a pancake breakfast Saturday morning. The community group breakfast has been a part of Rodeo festivities for the past 15 years and according to the breakfast chairman John Simmons, “We get better at it every year.” A guaranteed good time, the breakfast’s purpose falls in line with the Kiwanis spirit of improving communities. The club took over the long standing

tradition of feeding the Rodeo masses from former event organizers the Business and Professional Women’s Association after their local chapter disbanded. Funds raised from the event go toward high school scholarships and in the past five years have awarded an average of $3000 annually to deserving students to continue their educations. Don’t miss it! The breakfast takes place at the Rohnerville Park Cookshack right next to the Rodeo grounds and is served from 7-11 a.m. on Saturday July 16. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. The breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, coffee, milk, OJ, applesauce, butter, hot syrup, and seconds for anyone who does not get their fill the first time around. Tickets are available at the cookshack on Saturday or in advance through any of the

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Kiwanis Club members. Get your grub on for a good cause! More delightful delectables are to be found at Saturday night’s Cowboy Mixer and Barbecue starting at 5 p.m. and centered at the Rohner Park Cook Shack. Cooked with love by the Native Sons of the Golden West and featuring music by Bill McBride, the meal serves as the precursor to the Rodeo Dance. $18 gets you both dinner and into the dance. And remember, if you’d like to own a little bit of Fortuna Rodeo history, Kay Harden’s 2011 Rodeo poster painting will be available for auction during the Mixer. And of course, what would Rodeo week be without Sunday’s barbecue? Manning the pit again this year are board members/able chefs Tom Daetwiler and Dave Nicholson. But this isn’t your everyday backyard flame-up. COWBOY MIXER What does it take to put on a a Fortuna AND BARBECUE Rodeo-sized barbecue?

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AVE RUSSELL KNOWS WHAT IT TAKES TO ENTERTAIN A FORTUNA AUDIENCE. “RODEO PEOPLE WANT TO HAVE A GOOD TIME, WHICH IS WHAT WE’RE ALL ABOUT,” he says. Clearly he’s doing something right. 2011 marks Dave’s band’s third appearance at the Fortuna Rodeo. A lifelong lover of music, Russell’s friend secretly sent his audition tape to Star Search back in 1995. When they called requesting his presence on the show he was baffled, but went down to Florida regardless to win not one but two Star Search championships. From then on he knew he’d found his calling. “Since I stepped on stage I’ve never had a bad day of work. I was meant to do this,” he said. Growing up with a family of seven back in rural North Carolina, Russell had a large variety of musical influences, listening to everything from Bread, The Who and Queen to Jim Croce and David Cassidy. Today, his main love is country music, which “speaks to the individual as well as to a larger, familyfriendly audience,” as he put it. A harmonica player, he also holds a special reverence for the Chicago blues and songs that speak about real subjects.

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“I just love good music,” Russell said, “from Elvis to the Jonas Brothers, you can find something great in every style.” Now living in Rockland, Calif., just outside of Sacramento, Russell is enjoying a laidback, easy atmosphere that reminds him of home — when he’s not playing packed shows, that is. One of the “Most Booked Country Bands in California,” according to the KCRA “A-List,” the Dave Russell Band has become a staple of the Sacramento valley scene, making frequent appearances on local radio stations, doing yearly performances at the Folsom Pro Rodeo and playing a strong roster of local county fairs. The band has been playing rodeos for several years, from the Grand Nationals at the Cow

Palace to smaller events up and down the West Coast. “Fortuna brings in great riders and great events, which makes it a great place to play,” he says. Performing to soldout crowds everywhere from Nashville, Biloxi, Branson, San Antonio, Reno, Tahoe and much of Northern California, Russell describes their show as nonstop from downbeat to the end. “A typical set is upbeat and danceable with a good deal of variety,” Russell notes. Playing anything from country western and Elvis to standard classics like “Sweet Home Alabama” and even Eminem (“we do a couple rap segments in our show”), the guys’ whole goal is to mix it up and keep it fun. Special thanks goes to our sponsor Holiday Inn Express. ✪ Fortuna rodeo 2011

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ELCOME TO THE 90TH ANNUAL FORTUNA RODEO, THE CENTERPIECE OF THE FRIENDLY CITY’S WEEKLONG SUMMER CELEBRATION!

Fortuna is proud to offer the largest rodeo in the region, giving cowboys up and down the state a chance to show off the skills that built the American West. In addition to competing in the individual events, which are described in the following pages, each cowboy’s individual scores are totaled together to make them eligible for three all-around cowboy prizes — the rodeo’s top honors. They are:

All-Around Buckle. Given to the cowboy that has won the most money overall, across all events of the rodeo. Sponsor: Precision Intermedia. The Fred Berry Memorial Buckle

for the Humboldt County Top Hand. Given to the Humboldt County-based cowboy with the highest overall standings in all events of the rodeo. Sponsor: Patrick Berry.

Fortuna Rodeo Local All-Around Cowboy Gary Edgmon

Memorial Saddle. Awarded to the top cowboy from Humboldt, Mendocino, Trinity or Del Norte County. Sponsor: Doug Edgmon and the Edgmon family, American Ag Credit and Sequoia Gas Company. continued on next page

2010 HIGHLIGHTS, COUNTERCLOCKWISE FROM LEFT OPENING CEREMONIES GET OFF TO A STAR-SPANGLED START; BULL RIDERS SHARE A HIGH-FIVE; PREPARING TO RIDE THE WILD ONE; OPENING CEREMONY LINE-UP; A TAUGHT MOMENT AS COWGIRL AND HORSE ANTICIPATE THE START OF THEIR EVENT; SADDLE BRONC EXCITEMENT. PHOTOS BY CAROL NILES PHOTOGRAPHY.

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Bull Riding

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Maybe the most popular event and probably the most dangerous, bull riding is a battle of wits and brute strength between a cowboy and the most dangerous of ranch animals. The cowboy attempts to ride for eight seconds, strapped to a bucking, whirling one-ton bull with only one hand. This is a judged competition: Points are awarded for the cowboy’s form and for the difficulty of the ride. But if the rider is bucked off, or if he touches the bull with his free hand, he is disqualified.

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Bronc riding comes from the essential cowboy skill of taming (or “breaking”) a horse for use. As in bull riding, a contestant must stay atop the wild animal for eight seconds using only one hand. But the bronc rider has additional considerations — he is also judged on how well he spurs the horse to action with his boots, and he must keep his feet in the stirrups at all times. Bronc riders come out of the chute with their legs over the horse’s shoulders in order to give the animal the initial advantage.

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Like the saddle bronc event in many ways — but more slippery. In the bareback event, the bronc rider goes into action with one hand in a simple rigging and nothing at all between him and the horse except a pair of blue jeans. Once again, the contest is judged on the skill and form of the rider as well as the liveliness of the animal. Contestants must stay on for eight seconds to qualify for a score. Spur Sponsor: Fisch Drilling.

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Bareback Riding

Steer wrestling (or “bulldogging”) tests the cowboy’s strength as well as his skill at handling both horse and cattle. In this timed event, the steer leaves the chute at a run, tailed by one horseman (“the hazer”) who keeps the animal running in a straight line. After a head start, the barrier holding back the mounted contestant is tripped, and the steer wrestler races after his quarry. When he catches up, he dismounts his horse at a run and transfers his weight to the steer, which he then wrestles to the ground. Quickest time wins, but as with all timed events the contestant gets a ten-second penalty if he leaves the chute too early.

Calf roping — also called “tiedown roping” — introduces another element into the mix. Not only must the cowboy rope the animal, as in breakaway roping, he must also bring it to a full stop and immobilize it. After the animal is lassoed, the cowboy dismounts and runs to the calf carrying a small rope in his teeth. He then throws the calf to the ground and binds three of its legs, after which he signals to the judges and time is called. The event isn’t over, though — if the calf kicks off the rope on its legs within six seconds, the contestant is disqualified.

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Team Roping The only team event in the rodeo, team roping features two different styles of lasso work. A steer leaves the chute running. After a short head start, two cowboys follow on horseback. The first must rope the animal’s head or horns to stop its forward progress, moving it into a turn. Then the second — the “heeler”

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This fast-paced event is the purest test of a cowgirl’s lasso skills. As in steer wrestling, a calf leaves the chute at a run and after a head start trips the barrier holding back the cowgirl. The contestant then gives chase and attempts to lasso the calf’s head. She has the rope tied to her saddle horn with a string and halts her horse. Time is called when the calf, which is still running, breaks the string. Spur Sponsor: Artistic Legends, Inc.

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Barrel Racing The premier women’s event in the rodeo, barrel racing is the ultimate test of speed and agility. Riders attempt to run a cloverleaf pattern around the three barrels in the fastest time possible. The quickness of the clockwise and counterclockwise pivots

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longtime and important part of Fortuna Rodeo week is, of course, the 5K Run/ Walk which takes place this year on Saturday, July 16, with proceeds, as always, benefiting Relay for Life. Just for fun, we thought we’d take you back — way back — all the way to 1988 and show you who had the need for speed at that year’s event by listing the following historic race results. We’ll assume these people’s time have not improved 23 years later. But who knows? ✪

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HE FORTUNA RODEO HAD ITS BEGINNINGS WAY BACK IN 1921 WHEN THE CATTLEMEN’S ASSOCIATION OF HUMBOLDT COUNTY PLANNED A PICNIC. IT WAS TO BE AN AFTERNOON and evening affair, with “Rodeo Stunts” after the barbecue and a dance in the evening with the intention of making it the biggest and jolliest picnic of the year! Charles W. Moore of Ferndale was general chairman, with Frank Rolley as superintendent of the barbecue. On the general committee were H. W. McWhorter, W. N. Russ, E. N. Tooby and Fred D. Smith, with volunteer help from others. Ben Snodgrass was director of judges with William Graham of Bridgeville, Joe Russ of Ferndale and Buff Robinson assisting. The first event had a

25-piece band, a grand ball and a chicken supper. There was a gratifying response with 3,000 people attending. That was the beginning…. A great tradition began in Fortuna; the Redwood Fortuna Rodeo. Humboldt County has been an agricultural center for California, as its first settlers were ranchers. It’s a little wonder that Fortuna lays claim to the oldest and longest running annual rodeo on the North Coast. Because of that, the rodeo has a long-standing history of attracting some of the top livestock and rodeo cowboys on the West Coast. By 1926, the event had turned into a riproaring three-day whirlwind of thrills and excitement. Doug Prior of Blocksburg was the chairman, and W. F. Robinson was continued on pg. 39

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George Graves, Cecil Evers, Paul Friedenbach, Jack Benson, Louis Gist, H. W. McWhorter, Fred Krieg, Frank Brelle, Paul Mudgett, L. L. Bryan, L. S. East, P. A. Hugo and others. One year the rodeo went “long hair,” when Frederick Jagel of the Metropolitan Grand Opera Company sang every afternoon. By 1939, the rodeo had simmered down to a twoday event, but packed with just as much dynamite as the longer celebrations had been because the citizens continued to make everyday preceding it a build up

for the real thing. About 10,000 people attended the show in 1939 and though the new grandstand was not yet completed the show was bigger and better than ever. In 1941 the rodeo joined the National Rodeo Association of America and at the time became known as one of the best and biggest rodeos in Northern California. The blight of the war fell that year, and with it fell the Fortuna Rodeo, for the next five years. But in 1946 it rose again to newer and greater proportions. Bill Clark rode in the 1946 rodeo at the age of 80. In 1948 Stella James of Willits was chosen as the Rodeo Queen, with Pat Barnwell of Bridgeville and Naomi Pries of Ferndale as her attendants. The 1948 rodeo events grew to include a parade downtown, penny scramble, street dancing and vigilantes jailing local men who chose not to grow a beard for the event. Since its beginning, new faces and new hands guide the destiny of the Fortuna Rodeo while keeping alive the old traditions. That tradition continues today in Fortuna, every third weekend in July. ✪

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FORTUNA AUCTION YARD CAFÉ 603 3rd St., Fortuna. Hamburgers & Weekly Wednesday Specials. Cash only. W BL $.................... .......................................... 725-5188 BOB’S FOOTLONGS 505 12th, Fortuna. Family owned since 1949. M-Sat. LD $ ... 725-2016 BURGER KING 925 S. Fortuna Blvd., Fortuna. www.bk.com. M-Sun. BLD $............ 725-1706 CURLEY’S GRILL 320 Main St., Fortuna. Tasty appetizers and a variety of entrees from steaks & seafood to mac & cheese. M-Sun. LD $$$. .......... .........................................786-9696 DEB’S GRAPEVINE BISTRO 1260 Main St., Fortuna. Breakfast menu, sandwiches, burgers. M-Sun. BL $ .............. 726-7779 EEL RIVER BREWING CO. 1777 Alamar Way, Fortuna. Organic brews. Steaks, seafood, burgers, seasonal and daily specials www.eelriverbrewing. com M-Sun. LD $$ ................... ..........................................725-2739 HOT BREW 904 S Fortuna. Blvd., Fortuna. Dine-in, takeout. Quality worth waiting for. MSun. BL $ ......................725-2361 H U M B O L DT H E A LT H Y FOODS Corner of Main & 9th Sts., Fortuna. Organic, gluten and dairy free foods, local products and groceries. $ BLD ................................725-7911 HUNAN VILLAGE 1468 Main St., Fortuna. Gourmet Hunan, Manchurian cuisine. M-Sun. LD$$ ...............................725-3459 J I T T E R B E A N CO F F E E 4 6 6 North Fortuna. Blvd., Fortuna. Coffee, pastries, fruit drinks. www.jitterbeancoffee. com M-Sun. BL $ ...................... ......................................... 725-4594 K E N T U C K Y F R I E D C H I C KEN 432 S. Fortuna. Blvd., Fortuna. www.kfc.com 725-5585 KOBE RESTAURANT 679 S. Fortuna Blvd., Japanese Cuisine. M-Sun. LD $$

LA COSTA MEXICAN RESTAUR ANT 664 South Fortuna. Blvd., Fortuna. Seafood specialties, house specials. MSun. LD $ .................... 725-9416 LAS CAZUELAS RESTAURANT & CANTINA 435 North Fortuna. Blvd., Fortuna. Traditional Mexican and full bar. MSat. LD $ ...................... 725-2431 MCDONALD’S 761 South Fortuna . Blvd ., For tu na . Tr y our new healthy choice selections. www.mcdonalds. com M-Sun. BLD $ ................... ......................................... 725-9530 ORIENTAL BUFFET 551 S. Fortuna. Blvd., Fortuna. The largest Chinese Buffet in Humbodt County. www.goorientalbuffet.com M-Sun. LD $ ............... .........................................725-9988 PAPA MURPHY’S TAKE AND BAKE PIZZA 709 South Fortuna. Blvd., Fortuna. www. papamurphys.com LD $$....... ...........................................725-9391 PEPPER’S R ESTAUR ANT 719 South Fortuna. Blvd., Fortuna. Daily specials & great desserts. M-Sun. BLD $ ......... ......................................... 725-5580 RAY’S FOOD PLACE DELI 2009 Main St., Fortuna. www.gorays. com LD .........................725-3835 REDWOOD CAFÉ 1206 Main St., Fortuna. Breakfast and lunch. M-Sun. BL $ .................. ......................................... 725-3998 ROUND TABLE PIZZA 759 South Fortuna. Blvd., Fortuna. www. roundtablepizza.com M-Sun. LD $$ ............................ 725-4459 SAFEWAY DELI 701 South Fortuna Blvd., Fortuna. www. safeway.com M-Sun. BLD $ ..... .......................................... 725-5104 SHOTZ COFFEE AND DRIVE THRU 1665 Main St., Fortuna. Espresso café, smoothies, milkshakes, deli, sweet treats and more. M-Sun. ................... ........................................ 725-8000 SUBWAY 791 Riverwalk Dr., Fortuna. Made to order fresh sandwiches. www.subway. com M-Sun. BLD $ .................. ...........................................725-1293 SUBWAY 741 South Fortuna. Blvd., Fortuna. Made to order fresh sandwiches. www.subway.com M-Sun. BLD $ ......... .......................................... 725-6218

TACO LOCO 955 Main St., Fortuna. Dine in or take out authentic Mexican food prepared fresh daily. www.tacolocofortuna.com M-Sun. LD $ ............................................................. 725-5546 TOM’S SOURDOUGH PIZZA VILLA 101 12th St., Fortuna. Delivery available. .................725-1123 LOLETA LOLETA BAKING CO. 348 Main St., Loleta. Extraordinary breads, café & coffee T-Sun. BL $ ..................................733-1789 RIVER’S EDGE (BEAR RIVER CASINO) 11 Bear Paws Way, Loleta. Steaks and seafood, vegetarian dishes, children’s menu. www.bearrivercasino. com M-Sun. BLD $$ ................ ......................................... 733-9644 THIRSTY BEAR SPORTS BAR (BEAR RIVER CASINO) 11 Bear Paws Way Loleta. Karaoke Thurs., Happy Hour 5-7 pm M-F. www.bearrivercasino. com M-Sun. BLD $$ ................ ......................................... 733-9644 RIO DELL/SCOTIA CC MARKET 1328 Eeloa Ave., Rio Dell. Complete deli and catering. M-Sun. BLD $ ..................... ...........................................764-2941 DJ’S BURGER BAR 509 Wildwood Ave. Rio Dell. Delicious, made-to-order food. M-Sat. LD Th-Sat. BLD $ ....................... ..........................................764-2924 HOBY’S MARKET AND DELI 111 Main St., Scotia. Famous sandwiches, salads, soups. M-Sun. BLD $ .............................764-3623 REDWOOD MINI GOLF MARKET & DELI 44 Davis St., Rio Dell. Beer, soup & sandwiches, groceries. M-Sun. L $................ ......................................... 764-2500 RIO DELL PIZZA FACTORY 185 Wildwood Ave., Rio Dell. Pasta, salad bar, sandwiches. LD $ .......................................... 764-2233 TONET TA’S ESPRESSO AND E AT E R Y 1 2 8 W i l d w o o d Ave., Rio Dell. Charming restaurant, famous breakfast all prepared fresh in our kitchen. M-Sat. BL $........ 764-2010

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“The Friendly City” is an all-American town with nostalgic Main Street, local events and old time hospitality. Attractions include antique shops, the Fortuna Depot Museum, Rohner Park and rodeo grounds, Riverlodge Conference Center with a heather garden and the Eel River trail.

Ferndale

From Fortuna: U.S. 101 north to Ferndale exit; approximately eight miles west on Hwy. 211 “The Victorian Village” is a short drive west from Fortuna. Attractions include Victorian architecture, unique shops on Main Street, the Ferndale Museum, Kinetic Sculpture Museum, Ferndale Cemetery, Fern Cottage and the Humboldt County Fairgrounds. The entire town has been designated a historic landmark. CENTERVILLE BEACH West of Ferndale. Hwy. 101 to Ferndale/Fernbridge exit to Ferndale, turn right at Shaw Ave, then left to Centerville Rd. (approximately three miles). Flanked by spectacular cliffs of gray sandstone carved into unique formations by the ocean, hikers will see a variety of birds and sea life while enjoying the quiet of the beach. FERNDALE WALKING TOUR Take a self-guided walking tour of this historic and architecturally authentic Victorian

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Village. Beautifully restored homes and buildings have made Ferndale a popular destination spot for those travelling the north coast. Maps for the walking tour are available in most of the shops in Ferndale. FERNDALE AFTER FIVE. The third Friday of every month -- July 15, next -- dine, shop, and stroll, while enjoying the talents of local artists. A Friday evening of music, arts, shopping and dining on Main Street until 9 p.m. Relax and unwind with family and friends, or plan a girls’ night out. Displays of local artists and live music make this an enchanted evening you won’t want to miss.

Loleta & Vicinity

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Approximately 10 miles north of Fortuna, Loleta exit off U.S. 101 BEAR RIVER CASINO U.S. 101 to Ferndale exit. 11 Bear Paw Way, Loleta, (800) 761-2327 On the breath-taking coast of Northern California. Open seven days a week. More than 300 slot machines, the Grizzly Bear Den poker room, nine table games, restaurant, sports bar. CANNIBAL BEACH/ HOOKTON BEACH From Fortuna: approximately 20 miles northwest via Loleta

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Two popular beaches in Loleta, a short drive northwest of Fortuna, are Cannibal and Hookton Beaches. Cannibal Beach is a good launching spot for kayakers where the Eel River forms an estuary and the water is mellow and flat. A popular fishing spot is the public pier on the South Jetty at the end of Hookton Beach. The jetty is a good spot to catch kelp bass, snapper, ling cod and perch. LOLETA CHEESE COMPANY From Fortuna: approximately 10 miles north off U.S. 101 in Loleta, 733-1871 Family owned and operated. Visitors welcome May through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Large viewing windows and tasting room.

Rio Dell & Scotia

Located on Highway 101, about five miles south of Fortuna. Scotia was an original “company town” built around the redwood sawmills. Across the Eel River is Rio Dell. Be sure to visit the Scotia Inn, Scotia Museum and Scotia Freshwater Aquarium.

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approximately 12 miles south off U.S. 101. As you drive along this two-lane, 31-mile scenic highway lined by giant redwoods. Look for turnouts and foot paths that take you from the Avenue to secluded beaches and swimming holes on the Eel River. CARLOTTA From Fortuna: approximately six miles east off Highway 36 Just east of Fortuna on Highway 36, in Carlotta at the 6.3 mile marker, is a popular swimming hole. Park at the turnout and walk down to the river. RICHARDSON GROVE STATE PARK From Fortuna: approximately 52 miles south on U.S. 101, Garberville, 247-3318 1,000-acre day-use park with picnic areas, swimming, fishing, nature trails, a visitor center, summer campfire programs, food concession and camping. VAN DUZEN COUNTY PARK From Fortuna: approximately 12 miles east on Hwy. 36 Old-growth redwoods, two drivein campgrounds, picnic sites and group camping. Swimmers Delight offers year-round facilities. ●

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