Citizen of the Year Don Owens, riding in a horse-drawn carriage with his longtime friend and cowboy Willie Tellam, is grand marshal of the 2012 Our Town Main Street Parade Saturday morning.
With Main Street lined with U.S. flags and crowds of people, 82 entries made their way from 14th to Fifth streets from 10 to 11 a.m. Entrants ranged from Cub Scouts and rodeo queens to businesses and the Hole in the Wall Gang.
The parade is one of the community events celebrating the 32nd annual Ramona Rodeo, which continues Saturday evening at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center Fred Grand Arena. The rodeo will continue on Saturday night with gates opening at 5:30 and performances starting at 7:30. General seating is $15. On Sunday, the gates open at 12:30 p.m. with performances beginning at 2:30. General seating tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children age 6 and older.
Rodeo tickets are on sale at Elston Hay and Grain at 2220 Main St., in the Ramona
Business Barn at 369 Main St., online at ramonarodeo.net, and at the gate. Buyers may choose from general seating, preferred seating, or VIP tickets.
Saturday night’s rodeo theme will be Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night, and pink Hawaiian-type leis will be sold with proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation.
All are invited to participate in the free family dance immediately after the Saturday night rodeo in the ROCC pavilion. The band Agavero Revue will perform.
On Sunday, Cowboy Church will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the rodeo grounds.
Kids Day will follow on Sunday with rodeo-type action for children in the ROCC pavilion from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first 100-plus kids will receive free cowboy hats, bandanas, and cowboy ropes. Children are encouraged to dress in Western attire so they can compete in the Mr. Buckaroo and Miss Buckarette contest.
For more information on anything Ramona Rodeo, call 760-788-0811, email