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Another Mother Lode Round-Up is heading our way!

Now in its 51st year, the Round-Up has been the Mother Lode’s premiere annual event and features more than a week of family fun and celebration, Gold Country-style, paying tribute to our western heritage.

Wednesday, May 7, is the Tuolumne County Band Review. The downbeat starts at 6 p.m. at Sonora High School’s Dunlavy Field. This is an opportunity for area residents to see and hear all the local school bands that will march in the big parade Saturday, May 10. We’d be amiss if we didn’t mention the renowned Calcutta event at the Sheriff’s Posse Grounds in Jamestown that takes place Thursday, May 8, and a Cowboy Christian concert Friday, May 9 at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds.

The world famous Mother Lode Round-Up Parade kicks off in Downtown Sonora at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, and will feature nearly 200 parade entries marching, trotting and rolling down the entire length of Washington Street. As usual, thousands of spectators can be expected, lining the street to watch and cheer. What a parade it is! Each year seems to get bigger and better.

And if that isn’t enough on Saturday, the parade crowd heads over to the fairgrounds for the first day of a weekend filled with bull riding and steer wrestling rodeo action. The day will be topped off with a dance in the evening, also at the fairgrounds.

Mother’s Day Sunday is always special at the Round-Up. A Mother’s Day breakfast starts things off at the fairgrounds celebrating this year’s Mother Lode Round-Up Mother of the Year. After a Cowboy Church service with Coy Huffman puts the day in perspective, it’s time to cowboy-up and rodeo once more; a fitting conclusion to the year’s grand event.

Mother Lode Round-Up 2008 Schedule of Events

Sunday, April 20

Cowgirl Luncheon and Fashion Show
1-4 pm
Sonora Opera Hall
Admission $20

Saturday April 26

Great Steak BBQ
from 3pm-7pm
Music and dancing from 8pm until Midnight
Sheriff’s Posse Grounds, Rawhide Rd, Jamestown
Admission $15.00 kids $3.00

Saturday, May 4

Queen Horsemanship
Opens 10 am
Mother Lode Fairgrounds
Free Admission

Sunday, May 4

Queen Pageant
Begins at 5 pm
Elks Lodge, Sonora
Hors d’oeuvres & No Host Bar
Admission $10.00

Wednesday, May 7

Tuolumne Co Band Review
From 6 pm
Sonora High School, Dunlavy Field
Admission Free

Thursday, May 8

Begins at 6 pm
Sheriff’s Posse Grounds on Rawhide Rd, Jamestown
Hors d’oeuvres & No Host Bar
Free Admission

Saturday, May 10

Round-Up Parade
Procession begins at 10 am
Downtown Sonora

Mother Lode Round-Up Rodeo
Begins at 2 pm
at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Sonora
Admission $18.00 on the day and $15.00 Pre Sale $7.00
child (7-12) Under 7 FREE

Round-Up Rodeo Dance
Begins at 8 pm
at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Sonora
$10.00 Regular Admission (Unused Adult Rodeo Tickets Accepted)

Sunday May 11

Mothers Day Breakfast
8 am – 12 noon
At the Mother Lode Fairgrounds
Admission $6.00

Cowboy Church with Coy Huffman
Service begins at 10 am
in the Rodeo Grandstand, Mother Lode Fairgrounds

Kiddie Rodeo
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Mother Lode Fairgrounds
Admission Free

Mother Lode Round-Up Rodeo
Begins at 2 pm
at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Sonora
Admission $18.00 on the day and $15.00 Pre Sale $7.00
$7.00 child (7-12) Under 7 FREE

Wrangler Family Day
All Day
Mother Lode Fairgrounds