By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Sources: City of Needles and Needles Chamber of Commerce (Information):
Needles, California: The community enjoyed a variety of rodeo fun, delicious food, performances and dancing during the 35th Annual Colorado River Round Up Rodeo.
The three days of fun, food and rodeo entertainment started with the Cowboy Carnival at Rodeo Nite in the Park on Thursday, March 31st, 2011.
Many people came out to have fun, dance to great music, and enjoy great food.
Music, Bands, and Singers; Folklorico Dancers- Bullhead City Jr. High School and performance by the Gracie Weiss Dance Trax 51 and Mohave Bird Dancers.
There was pony riding at the park, a car show and great food during the event.
Rodeo performance were held for the 35th Annual Colorado River Round Up Rodeo on Friday, April 1st, 2011 at the Needles Rodeo Grounds.
After the rodeo performances, a rodeo dance was held with dancing and songs from “Silver Wings Band”.
The community got to enjoy a great breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausage patty on Saturday, April 31st, 2011 in the parking lot near the Frontier Communication office in Downtown Needles, California.
Money from the breakfast was being raised to help the Needles High School’s Baseball Team.
As people enjoyed the delicious breakfast, a rodeo parade was held along West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California.
Former Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams was the announcer for the rodeo parade.
There were people on horseback, floats, decorative vehicles and marching bands as well as fire trucks from the San Bernardino County Fire Department’s Station 31.
Later that day; the kids rodeo was held at the Needles Rodeo Grounds where kids got to ride on top of calves.
But within five minutes into the kids rodeo fun, gusty winds picked up and flipped over a tent onto a gate near the southwest entrance into the Needles Rodeo Ground putting a short pause to the riding.
The gusty winds knocked over trashed and supplies at some of the food booths trashed and supplies.
Organizers say a possible dust twister came through the area causing the mess.
Volunteers including ZachNews Photojournalist Zachary Lopez helped pick up and clean up the aftermath mess; and all was ready for that night’s rodeo performances and rodeo dance.
Rodeo performance were held for the 35th Annual Colorado River Round Up Rodeo on Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 at the Needles Rodeo Grounds.
After the rodeo performances, a rodeo dance was held with dancing and songs from “Little Town” ending the three days of rodeo fun in the desert.