2003 General Chairman – Al O’Brien
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Welcome to the Mother Lode Roundup! Isn’t it great to be a part of Tuolumne County’s richest continuous family tradition, staged in historic Sonora, California for 47 years; always on Mother’s Day Weekend. This year marks the 56th anniversary of the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse who has produced the Round-Up in a rewarding partnership with the Tuolumne County business community since the event´s inception.
Because of the generous support of the local business community, local government and law enforcement entities, and the hard work of the posse men, their families and many, many volunteers, the Round-Up has grown into one of the finest spring rodeos and celebration in California. Every year over 350 of pro rodeo’s finest cowboys and cowgirls are attracted to this event. Saturday’s parade is recognized as the second largest parade for entries in California. (Second only to the Rose Parade in Pasadena) Over 50,000 visitors are drawn every year to the Tuolumne County Round-Up weekend making it an event not to be missed in all of California.
The Mother Lode Round-Up is a traditional American family event, and hometown reunion that celebrates and pays tribute to our Western heritage, and the people in our past that kept this special event alive. Most of all we all look forward to a fun, great time celebrated during the beautiful spring season in the Sierra Nevada foothills, and the memories of simpler times and rodeo as it used to be. Break out your boots and Stetsons and celebrate Mother’s Day with us “Round-Up” style.
Thanks to my friend and mentor Ty Wivell for his friendship and guidance. I’d like to wish a happy Mother’s Day to my mom Patricia O’Brien. Love to Lisa, Molly, Paige, Chloe’, and Libby.
Round-Up General Chairman
Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Posse