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Ram PRCA California Circuit Finals Rodeo returns Oct. 4-6

The RAM PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) California Circuit Finals Rodeo Committee and the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds proudly announce the return of the RAM PRCA California Circuit Finals to the Antelope Valley Fair and Event Center on Oct. 4, 5 and 6.

For the ninth consecutive year, this event will host the top twelve California rodeo contestants who compete in all seven rodeo events, including bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping and barrel racing.

Johnny Zamrzla, PRCA California Circuit Committee Chairman commented, “It is an honor to once again bring California’s best Rodeo professionals and the top animal ‘athletes’ to the Antelope Valley. The California Circuit Final Rodeo is one of the most competitive and exciting spectator sports. The rodeo competition is fierce. Both novice and experienced Rodeo fans are in for a great show all weekend long. We are also fortunate to have a tremendous partnership with the Antelope Valley Fair and Event Center, and amazing community support that makes it possible to bring this caliber of an event to the Antelope Valley.”

In addition to a great rodeo, the annual Craft Fair featuring hundreds of crafters and shopping returns to the H.W. Hunter Pavilion. Craft Fair shopping hours are noon to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Entry to the Craft Fair is free on Friday and Saturday. Sunday Craft Fair hours are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entry to the Craft Fair on Sunday requires either a Rodeo or Lancaster Flea Market admission ticket.

The Van Dam Barn Dances will also return on Friday and Saturday night, immediately following the rodeo. Dance the night away under the stars at the Corona Cantina, located right outside the grandstands. Live music on Friday night will be provided by country band the Doo-Wah Riders. The Doo-Wah Riders have five single hits on the Texas music chart and are known for their Cajun twist sound. On Saturday night, musician Dean Kalogris, a Southern California favorite will entertain fans.

Returning to the fairgrounds on Sunday, will be the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Flea Market and Car Show. Paid admission tickets to the Flea Market include free rodeo matinee admission. Flea Market tickets are available for purchase at the box office on Sunday, Oct. 6.

Rodeo festivities kick off on Friday, Oct. 4, with Patriot Day. Active, retired and former military men and women and their dependents receive free admission. Free admission will be available at the box office on Friday evening only. All other fans are encouraged to show their patriotism by wearing red, white and blue. Gates open Friday at noon and the Rodeo begins at 7 p.m.

Saturday evening Rodeo will open with a special ride in by Ride for the Pink, an organization dedicated to raising money for Breast Cancer research, awareness and treatment. Rodeo fans can show their support of finding a cure for Breast Cancer by wearing pink. Gates open Saturday at noon and the Rodeo begins at 7 p.m.

On Sunday, gates open at 7 a.m. Rodeo Matinee begins at 2 p.m. with a special act by Escaramuza Yaretzi, a female Mexican Side Saddle Equestrian Drill Team showcasing their winning exercises performed at full speed, with dangerous crossings and turns. Sunday Rodeo or Flea Market tickets are just $6. Sunday tickets include entry to the Rodeo, Craft Fair and Lancaster Flea Market.

According to AV Fair and Event Center CEO, Dan Jacobs, “This is going to be a fantastic fall weekend, a great venue and great events: Rodeo, Crafts Fair and the renowned Lancaster Flea Market and Car Show. We’re pleased that ticket pricing remains affordable, with rodeo tickets starting at just $25, and there are $10 online promotional codes for Friday and Saturday rodeo tickets. Sunday tickets are just $6 and include access to the Flea Market, Craft Fair and Rodeo. I look forward seeing thousands of folks during the weekend of Oct. 4, 5 and 6 at the Antelope Valley Fair and Event Center.”

Rodeo tickets are on sale now at http://www.avfair.com. More information is available at http://www.avfair.com. For Rodeo details go to http://www.cafinalsrodeo.com. Visit http://www.lancasterchamber.org for Flea Market information.