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Cattle Drive Kicks Off Annual Marysville Stampede Rodeo

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MARYSVILLE -- Sutter and Yuba counties got a taste of the Old West on Thursday. Their cattle drive kicked off the annual Marysville Stampede Rodeo, which begins Friday.

“This is the only professional sporting event that comes to this town, and we’re trying to make this event as big as some of the other rodeos like Red Bluff,” said organizer Reno Rosser of Flying U Rodeo Company.

Drumming up excitement for this weekend’s event, 40 riders herded 100 head of cattle about four miles from the streets of Yuba City to Marysville.

The sight was unlike any other, but logistically, it’s not easy to pull off. Riding for more than an hour in nearly 90-degree weather. However, Rosser says it's well worth it.  This is more than a trip between cities, it’s a journey back in time.

“The magic I love is there’s always been a river that separates the two cities, and to me what connects them both is the bridge, and to see the cattle come over the bridge with the old train trestles and everything, it kinda takes you back to yesteryear," Rosser said.

The Marysville Stampede kicks off Friday with an event for invited school children. The rodeo opens to the public Saturday and Sunday. Adult tickets are $17, kids are $11. There is a $5 discount for purchases made in advance.