Cattle hooves will be heard thundering through Chowchilla’s main thoroughfare soon. The annual cattle driving tradition marks the beginning of the Chowchilla Western Stampede, but it also sets the city apart, said Christi Long, a spokeswoman for the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau.
“What was once a commonplace occurrence in cities hosting rodeos is now only one of three events like it nationwide,” Long said.
The 57th annual Chowchilla Western Stampede is set to begin at 10 a.m. Friday with a few hundred head of cattle making their way down Robertson Boulevard.
The cattle drive is followed by three days of rodeo action where some of the best competitors vie for the coveted belt buckle as well as cash rewards, said Long...