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Folsom Pro Rodeo returns with a bang

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FOLSOM CA - Bucking bulls and horses kicking their heels in the air throwing both dirt and cowboys is just part of the non-stop action at Folsom Pro Rodeo set for Friday, June 29, Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1. The event also has a high-flying motocross show, explosive fireworks, rodeo clown antics and live music. This year there will not be a July 4th performance to conflict with family traditions of barbecues and gatherings. Fans will struggle to stay dry-eyed as a huge American flag drops into the arena by parachute with patriotic music in honor of the July 4th holiday. Just as the cowboys gallop out of the arena each evening, explosive fireworks will light up the sky. Justin Ayers, motocross expert, will test the limit of the arena by flying as high as possible with flips and turns. Traditional rodeo events which will churn up the arena include bull riding, bronc riding, steer wrestling, barrel racing and more. Five and six-year-old cowboys and cowgirls will do their best to cling on wooly sheep in the Mutton Busting competition. The gates open at 6 p.m. Rodeo action beginning nightly at 7 p.m. with timed events such as steer wrestling, followed at 8:15 p.m. with riding events including popular bull and bronc riding. Just as the fireworks fade into memory each night, Mike?s Golden Spike Saloon will heat up with the popular Chris Gardner band. Admittance to the saloon is free for rodeo fans. Dancing is encouraged. Rodeo tickets are $24.50 for reserved seating. General admission is $19.50 for adults or $15 for children, 12 and younger and seniors. Family value ?buckaroo? packages are available online which includes four adult general admission tickets, four sodas and four hotdogs for $60. For more information, call the Folsom Chamber of Commerce at (916) 985-2698. ~ Staff report * * * Folsom Pro Rodeo highlights When: Friday, June 29 to Sunday, July 1. Gates open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. ? High-flying motocross show ? Explosive fireworks ??Rodeo clown antics ? Live music ? American flag parachute drop ? Bull and bronc riding