A herd of 200 horned steers took to Robertson Boulevard on Friday morning in the traditional Chowchilla Western Stampede launch. Reminiscent of an old west cattle drive, emergency first responders from the Madera County Sheriff’ Office, Chowchilla Police Department, Cal Fire and Chowchilla Fire Department led the procession.
Escorting the herd on horseback were Supervisor David Rogers and a large assortment of area cowboys and cowgirls turned out in their finest working attire. Both sides of the street were lined with spectators.
“It’s the 57th annual stampede,” said Kenny Derry, who came out to watch.
Great-grandmother Linda Johnson brought her grandson Jaxson Thor Wells to see the cattle. The native of Chowchilla said she has attended every year since it started, even when she lived in Fresno for a while...