REDDING, Calif. - The Redding Rodeo is making its comeback this year as organizers hope to bring people back in May, even if it’s at a limited capacity.
The Redding Rodeo Association is a non-profit group and relies heavily on sponsors and event-goers to keep it alive.
“There's a lot of people that are affected by it,” Bennett Gooch, the President of the Redding Rodeo Association, said. “We're a non-profit, so we reinvest everything back into the community. We start from scratch every year and that's what makes it a little bit more difficult.”
The Redding Rodeo Association said it's not subsidized by the city.
The organization said it costs about $600,000 dollars to put on the event.
People can expect changes at this year’s rodeo. In order to save some money and prevent the spread of coronavirus, the rodeo had to cut back on some of its events.
“We've got to get this community back off the ground and have things to do for the community and move forward. There's more at stake than just the rodeo,” Gooch said. “There's a lot of people in the community that enjoy it and it helps them out from a business standpoint.”
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People are excited it’s coming back, which could bring a much-needed boost to the local economy.
“I know a lot of people that do go to the rodeo faithfully and I know that they missed out on this,” Cathryn Russell of Corning said. “I've worked with people who worked with the Asphalt Cowboys who do the breakfast and it's a big thing to be missed around here.”
Gooch also said there is a big financial impact because the event normally brings in a lot of people, such as contestants, visitors, people dining out at local restaurants, and even people filling up at the gas stations.
The Redding Rodeo Association is working with various agencies, from public health to local law enforcement, to make sure they're following COVID-19 guidelines.
Shasta County Public Health says it advised organizers to look over the state's guidance for outdoor stadiums and racetracks.
“We have advised the organizers that it appears that this event is best aligned with California’s sporting events with outdoor stadiums and racetracks guidance,” Kerri Schuette, a spokesperson with the Shasta Health & Human Services Agency, said. “It would be up to them to review that guidance and apply it.”
One person said they're glad that the rodeo is coming back but they do have concerns.
“I'd like to see the rodeo comeback but at the same time I don't want to endanger a lot of people,” Debbie Canaben of Redding said. “I don’t know how safeguards could be put up. Maybe the whole thing temperature when they walk in and all that.”
The Redding Rodeo said it will be limiting grandstanding seating.
Organizers also said there will be certain events that won't be happening this year, like the steak feed or the Extreme Bulls event.
The Redding Rodeo plans to start selling tickets in March as organizers are still trying to figure out just how many tickets they plan to sell.
The Redding Rodeo is set to run from May 13 – 15.