The Board of Supervisors, often criticized for imposing too many fees on too many activities, reversed course Tuesday and waived fees for the nonprofit Creston Classic Rodeo, whose organizers saved $5,675 through the waiver.
Supervisors enthusiastically agreed with senior planner Matt Janssen that the nonprofit and the work it has done to fix up the rodeo grounds are “of obvious public benefit.”
Janssen, the division manager for community relations, wrote that, in addition to its annual rodeo, which is usually held the second weekend in September, the site is used for gymkhana, practice for the sheriff’s mounted posse, Creston 4-H events, and parking for spectators of the bike portion of the Wildflower Triathlon.
“The rodeo grounds provide a facility that would otherwise not be available in the community, and there is support ... for continuing to use the rodeo grounds” in several capacities, Janssen wrote.
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In a letter to supervisors, Rick Heim, president of the Creston Classic Rodeo, said the rodeo draws contestants from all over California, who compete for cash as well as buckles and other memorabilia.
The rodeo seeks to help Californians understand “the ranching way of life, both past and present,” Heim wrote.
Heim told supervisors he estimated that the organization and its supporters have put in 30,000 hours of volunteer work over the past 15 years.