August 24, 2016

Tulare County Fair Foundation rodeo to feature ‘redneck rock’ and ‘Ropin Doc’

FOR INFORMATION CONTACT: Pamela Fyock, 686-4707;

TULARE – The Tulare County Fair Foundation’s fundraiser rodeo on Saturday, Sept. 10, will allow supporters to meet the “Ropin’ Doc” and dance to the redneck rock of Creston-based band Odonovan.

The CCPRA-sanctioned rodeo will feature top California professional cowboys. Gates open at 6 p.m.; the rodeo begins at 7 p.m., followed by the dance at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 per person. Box seats are also available. For details contact the Tulare County Fair, 686-4707.

The “Ropin’ Doc” is Dr. Bert Johnson, the physician and surgeon who co-founded a division in the Stanford University Medical School. The cowboy, rancher and team roper beat some of the world’s best during his rodeo years. He will be at the Fair Foundation Rodeo to sign copies of his new book.

Odonovan has become a Central Coast favorite, and was awarded the Best Alternative/Rock song in 2014 by New Times magazine. Proceeds of the rodeo will help support ongoing improvements at the fair’s livestock area, including the purchase of new small-animal pens, resurfacing the pavement in the livestock area and the purchase of additional livestock pens.

The third annual rodeo-dance fundraiser will also feature wild and wacky rodeo clown Jim “Slim” Garner, known as one of the best family clowns on the rodeo circuit. His specialty acts include the “Cowboy Cadillac,” a bucking truck; the “Barbecue Chicken”; and the “Space Cannon.”

The 2016 Tulare County Fair this year will feature Gin Blossoms on opening night; WAR on Thursday, Sept. 15; Colt Ford on Friday, Sept. 16; En Vogue on Saturday, Sept. 17; and The Boxmasters, featuring Billy Bob Thornton, on Sunday, Sept. 18, all free with paid fair admission. For information, call 686-4707 or visit