Powerful tractors and trucks will drag a 40,000-pound sled through the dirt as part of the California Mid-State Fair’s newest ground-pounding event.
The Tractor & Truck Pull will feature vehicles ranging from regular pickup trucks to mighty modified tractors, including Cal Poly’s Mustang Legacy tractor, pulling loads of up to 20 tons down a custom-built, 300-foot track July 30 at the Paso Robles Event Center. The event is produced by MLM Motorsports of Madera.
Also in store at this summer’s fair are two rodeo events produced by Flying U Rodeo Co. in Marysville, according to a Mid-State Fair news release.
The Country Rodeo Finals, July 29 at the Chumash Grandstand Arena, features classic rodeo events such as bull riding, barrel racing and roping.
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Fiesta Del Charro, returning to the fair for a second year on July 30, is a Mexican-style rodeo competition featuring traditional charros (cowboys), bull fighting and live mariachi bands. (Extreme Team Rodeo, which also premiered in 2016, will not return this summer, fair spokesman Tom Keffury said.)
Both the Country Rodeo Finals and Fiesta Del Charro will feature mutton busting — small children riding irate sheep — plus performances by specialty acts including bull jumper Manu Lataste and freestyle motocross athletes The Flying Cowboyz.
Tickets for the Tractor & Truck Pull, the Country Rodeo Finals and Fiesta Del Charro cost $20 to $25 for each event, or $10 to $15 apiece for children 3 to 12.