about the rodeo

The beautiful, historic city of Auburn has been hosting a rodeo for over 50 years and the tradition continues. The Gold Country Pro Rodeo is co-produced by Cotton Rosser/FlyingU Rodeo Company and EzEvents, Inc. Cotton Rosser has been producing professional rodeos since 1959.

The rodeo is held at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn, California, in the stadium named after Vernon McCann. McCann, (1900-1978) was an Auburn native who lived his entire life promoting and protecting the city of Auburn. He was the business manager for the Auburn Journal, brought the district fair (Gold Country Fair) to Auburn, was instrumental in bringing Highway 49 to Auburn, and was active in the Auburn Fire Department for 50 years.

We kick off the Gold Country Pro Rodeo celebration at 6 pm on Wednesday night at Auburn Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram with a dummy roping contest, food, and fun. Friday is the official Pre-Party at 5:30 – 10:00 pm at the Auburn Alehouse. The rodeo runs two days – both Saturday and Sunday, rain or shine. You won’t want to miss the pro bull riding, bronc riding, and team roping, to name just a few of the highlights of the rodeo program. So bring your family and friends and have some fun!

Don’t forget to read all the frequently asked questions on the Pro Rodeo Guide page.


04/25/2018 6:00 pm /

Rodeo Kick Off

Rodeo Kick Off

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

6:00 – 8:00 pm: Official Gold Country Pro Rodeo Kick Off

Location: Auburn Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, 1901 Grass Valley Hwy, Auburn, CA 95603

Hosted by the Bootleggers Old Town Tavern & Grill Auburn

Dummy Roping Contest, Food, Drinks and more!

04/27/2018 5:30 pm /

Rodeo Pre-Party

Rodeo Pre-Party

Friday, April 27th 2018

Official Rodeo Pre-Party at the Auburn Alehouse

289 Washington Street, Old Town Auburn

Party runs from 5:30pm to 10:00pm – No Cover Charge

04/28/2018 8:00 pm /

Official Rodeo Party

Rodeo Street Party

8:00 pm – 11:00 pm: STREET PARTY in Old Town Auburn!

Join us and party in the streets with good beer, great food and old friends. Dance the night away.

Featuring Country Artists:

Coming Soon…

04/28/2018 / - 04/29/2018

Flying U Cowboys

Flying U Cowboys

04/28/2018 / - 04/29/2018

Mutton Busting

Mutton Busting

For a child to be eligible to enter, the child must be no less than 4 years of age, no more than 7 years of age and may not weight more than 60 pounds as of April 29, 2017.

Mammas if you don’t want your babies to grow up to be cowboys, you best keep them away from the mutton busting. Sure, it looks innocent enough, but does anybody really know how many cowboys got their first real taste of rodeo riding from sheep?

Thirty young cowboy and cowgirls wanna be’s will get their chance in the arena as they mount their trusty sheep an head for the thrill of their young lives. A championship buckle will be awarded to the child that rides the longest.

This is a limited entry event. Go here to register your youngin’.

04/28/2018 / - 12/29/2018

Boby Kerr

Don’t Try This at Home: Flying U Rodeo Brings Bobby Kerr
Flying U Rodeo’s newest addition to spectacular entertainment for rodeo audiences across the west is “Frenchy the Flying Bull Jumper”. Making his debut to a sold out Reno Rodeo audience on Friday night, June 26, Frenchman Manu Lataste wowed the audience with his skill and daring.


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