LANCASTER – The countdown to Independence Day has begun, and the City of Lancaster is gearing up for its annual Fourth of July celebration.
“Independence Day offers an opportunity for us to remember our forefathers’ courage in founding this great nation,” said council member Marvin Crist. “When I was a little boy, I remember the Fourth of July was always watermelon, fireworks, and getting together with family…we want to add bull riding to that list from now on.”
The City of Lancaster has teamed up with the Lancaster Auto Mall and the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds for its annual Fourth of July celebration.
“We invite you to join us as we commemorate America’s independence by enjoying the sport of bull riding, topped off by a spectacular fireworks display,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris in a city news release.
Gates at the AV Fairgrounds open at 4 p.m., on July 4, when attendees can enjoy live entertainment, food from local vendors, and unique arts and crafts.
It’s bull riding time for the Fourth of July!
From 7 to 9 p.m., members of the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Touring Division will take on the toros live in the AV Fair arena.
“Come on out and enjoy the spills and thrills of professional bull riding,” said Pro Rodeo announcer Don Jesser.
This year’s PBR opening ceremonies will feature the Golden Stars Skydiving Team. The troupe will jump out of a Cessna 206 amidst skydiver’s smoke, flags and streamers.
Xtreme Bronc Riding (XBR) has also been added to the PBR competitions. In this event, professional XBR cowboys compete against the toughest bucking horses in the rodeo.
“It will take you back to when they rode them when they were wild, when the west was really wild,” said Jesser. “They have to do all the work in the arena to get the horse saddled and ride him across the finish line, and the first one to do that is going to be the winner.”
Rounding out the event is the Pacific Coast Jr. Bull Riders exhibition, featuring youngsters competing in calf and steer riding, and “mutton busting” – where kids compete to see who can stay on the back of a running sheep the longest.
Tickets for this portion of the event are $20, $12, and $5.
FREE fireworks spectacular
The grandstands will open to the public at 9 p.m. for a free fireworks spectacular beginning at 9:30 p.m.
Seating for the fireworks show is first-come, first-served. Since grandstand seating is limited, attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs or blankets. Attendees can also sit on the grass. Pets and alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Preferred parking is $5; free parking is also available.
Tickets for the Professional Bull Riding show are on sale at www.avfair.com, where patrons can purchase and print their tickets. A special 50% discount package deal is available, where attendees spend $25 and get $50 worth of fun. This PBR 4-Pack package includes four admission tickets, four hot dogs, four chips and four large soft drinks, and is available at www.localliving.com/deal/2189.
For more information, call 661-575-9800 or visit www.showdownrodeo.com.