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Mutton Bustin' – A Folsom Pro Rodeo Tradition It's a few seconds of sheer childhood glee, apprehension and exhilaration that ultimately end with a mouth full of dirt as five and six-year-old children take their moment in the spotlight in the mutton busting competition held nightly at the Folsom Pro Rodeo. Each evening rodeo action pauses briefly while 12 pre-registered young cowboys and cowgirls get decked out in their best western outfits, grab a helmet and a fistful of wool and attempt to ride - but more like hang on for dear life to- a full-grown sheep. The crowd wildly cheers for each contestant as the sheep bolts (or sometimes simply walks) from the chute, runs into the arena, and at some point, loses its rider. The ride usually lasts only several seconds, but in a child's mind, it is a ride that will last a lifetime. Mutton Busting signups begin in early May.
For more information, contact Sharon Williams at the Folsom Chamber of Commerce
Mutton Bustin' competitors must satisfy the following contest requirements:
• Be age 5 or 6 • Not weigh more than 55 pounds
• Submit an entry fee of $35
• Signed permission by all parents/guardians
• Show proof of medical insurance and the child's birth certificate
Mutton Busters also have the opportunity to ride in the Mutton Bustin' Wagon on Thursday, July 3rd at the Cattle Drive. All competitors will be awarded an official t-shirt.
Think your child has what it takes to be a competitor?
Contact the Folsom Chamber at (916) 985-2698 for an application.