Redding rodeo week is continuing today as one of the most important days of the week kicked off this morning called special kids day.
It is a tradition that has been going on for many years.
Today’s event was heartwarming as hundreds of special needs students were taken around the stadium.
The event was by invite only and was organized by the asphalt cowboys and Redding rodeo association.
Kids got to not only ride horses around the stadium but they were able to take a wagon ride around the parking lot as well and there were just a lot of smiles and laughter all around.
Asphalt cowboy’s member Gary Moore said today that “This is a very huge week for the asphalt cowboys and today was one of the most emotional events... is the special kids day that’s when special needs kids are invited down it is a private invitation and they come down and they get to go on a horse... and it’s been going on for year after year after year and we have pretty good database and we know everyone but if you aren't on it give us a call and we will make sure and include you next year”
The tradition of special kids day honors John and Fran Balma.
The Asphalt Cowboys and the Redding rodeo association put on special kids day Tuesday morning and even though the rodeo hasn’t officially kicked off yet there is still plenty of action taking place at the rodeo grounds.
On Tuesday evening there was also the famous chili cook-off, quick draw competition, and the street dance.
All of the events on Tuesday evening ran until 9 pm and they are just the start of what is promised to be a great rodeo week.
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