Fortuna celebrates the 100th year anniversary of the Fortuna Rodeo


FORTUNA, Calif. (KIEM)- The week-long celebration of the 100th year anniversary of the Fortuna Rodeo continued.

The festivities kicked off this morning with a parade on Main Street. The theme of the parade was history, heritage and honor, 100 years strong, to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the Fortuna Rodeo.

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Lots of people lined up on Main Street to watch and enjoy the parade.

After that, the party moved to Rohner Park, where the Fortuna Rodeo Association had a carnival going on filled with delicious food, fun rides and carnival games.

The community was very grateful that they had a chance to be able to enjoy these events.

“It’s good to be here for this one,” said Scott Fuller, a Fortuna Rodeo attendee. “It feels just like the same environment is back again and everybody is out having a great time.”

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That’s not all, people were excited and couldn’t wait to enjoy the return of the Fortuna Rodeo.

The people in the stands were treated with classic rodeo events like the saddle bronc riding event, tie-down roping and breakaway roping.

There was a lot of uncertainty when it came to having the rodeo this year, but the organizers of the event were happy that things lined up to be able to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the rodeo with all of Humboldt County.

“The rodeo committee has really been excited because it’s our one hundred year and having a year off you know we’re really looking forward to it,” said Ricky Ruud, director of the Fortuna Rodeo Association. “It’s always fun but this is a special event.”

The grand marshal of the rodeo, Roy Curless who has served on the Fortuna rodeo committee for 63 years, was honored to be a part such a big milestone.

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“This is what we have been looking forward to and we have been planning for this 100th year rodeo now for two years,” said Roy Curless, the grand marshal of the Fortuna Rodeo. “Last year we didn’t have one, but we knew that we were going to have a great turn out for this one.”

The festivities continue Sunday, July 18 with a barbeque at in the morning and day two of the rodeo in the afternoon.