'Rain Check' Rodeo, Oct. 14


September 23, 2023

Nick Smirnoff (NPPA).

Mountain Festival usually brings the quiet little town of Tehachapi into a full bloom of family fun time. From festival activities in the park to the flag waving at the PRCA Rodeo, Mountain Festival usually pleases one and all. Unfortunately, this year Hurricane Hillary made an appearance and events were cancelled. So, we are hosting a "Rain Check Rodeo" as a way to make up the missed fun.

Celebrating 60 years of providing our community and the surrounding communities of Kern County, TMRA is proud to announce our 2023 "Rain Check Rodeo" will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 3 p.m. We will be doing this in conjunction with Apple Festival, at the Tehachapi Event Center and Rodeo Grounds at 415 N. Dennison Rd. We will be honoring and taking tickets and ticket stubs purchased for the Aug. 19 event, and we will not be charging for parking (we will make a donation to the group that usually does parking). Additional tickets are available at and a small amount day of tickets will be available at the ticket booth. If you have Saturday VIP and Box Seat tickets, they are being mailed out to amazing sponsors to replace those. If you have Sunday tickets, please contact us through the website, 98% of them have been refunded or replaced (there were less than 200 sold).

A piece of American history, the modern sport of rodeo can be traced back to the 1700s when cowboys from local ranches gathered together to show their roping and riding skills. The duties on these early ranches included branding, roping, horse breaking, riding and much more. These ranch chores have evolved directly into today's rodeo events of tie-down roping, team roping and bronc riding. In a tribute to this American history our rodeo will begin with a fan favorite of ranch bronc riding with cowboys from our local ranches.

Cowboys from across the state will come to Tehachapi to compete in events like bronc riding, calf tying, team roping and bull riding. Providing our specialty entertainment this year is the Star Spangled Cowgirls, professional rodeo drill team. Nate Reed will be our man in the barrel. We will also have pre-show mounted shooting group entertainment provided by The California Desperados from Acton, California. We will have mutton bustin, and during a break in the performance we will do a Sponsor Tug of War, so make sure you root for your favorite community team. We will also be hosting a charity Calf dressing event that will pit teams from the community against each other for a chance to win $2,000 for their local charity. We still have room for more four member teams. If you would like to enter, reach out via our website.

The gates open two hours early so our rodeo fans can pick a seat on our wonderful arena bleachers where every spot affords our viewers with great rodeo action. Come early to browse our newly enlarged "vendor's row" where our fans can get their rodeo "bling" on. Items from jeans to jewelry and for horse to house will be available, along with food and drink for all ages. Don't forget the popular dollar dig for kids 8 and under, with paid admission, which takes place during each performance.

The Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association is committed to preserving and promoting the "Western Way of Life" and producing quality family rodeo entertainment at affordable prices. TMRA is a nonprofit organization that strives to promote western values and goals fitting of the true American icon, the Cowboy. They support the community and other nonprofit organizations in our area through the staging of multiple events throughout the year, including trail rides, the "Benz Bad Bulls Tour," and several Junior Rodeos. TMRA is proud of the return to our roots of Junior Rodeo and has had a very successful season so far seeing as many as 100 cowboy kids participate at the rodeos. The association believes that the Junior Rodeo program builds a strong foundation of character, discipline and self-esteem in our "CowKids."

The Tehachapi Rodeo began as a youth rodeo and evolved into an adult amateur rodeo. In 1985, the rodeo joined the ranks of what now includes over 900 rodeos in 48 states and four Canadian Provinces as a pro rodeo sanctioned by the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboy's Association) and is celebrating its 27nd year as a Ram Truck sponsored Rodeo.

Our association boasts a small group of truly committed volunteers who spent countless hours to create these two spectacular days of rodeo excitement. We are motivated by a deep love for the community, the sport of professional rodeo and our desire to showcase true Western Americana celebrating the "Western Way of Life."

Children under the age of 3 are admitted free with a paid adult, but must sit on a lap. Ticket prices are $15 at the gate on the day of the event or through online ticket sales at As our internet service at rodeo grounds is very weak, please plan on bringing cash for purchases. We do accept Venmo.

For more information regarding the great sport of rodeo, visit our website at or follow us on our Facebook and Instagram at Tehachapi Mountain Rodeo Association.


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