Mutton Bustin’ & Calf Scamble at Nevada County Fair

This post was written by jd on July 28, 2009
Posted Under: Entertainment,nevada county fair


Two new arena events – Mutton Bustin’ and Calf Scramble – are planned for young children and teens in the Arena on Wednesday and Thursday night of the Nevada County Fair, August 12 – 16.

Featured in the Arena during the Professional Bull riding on Wednesday and the Rodeo on Thursday will be Mutton Bustin’, where eight young cowboys and cowgirls between the ages of 5 and 7 years old will get the chance each evening to mount their trusty sheep and head for the thrill of their young lives. Participants must be between the ages of 5 – 7, and must not weigh more than 65 pounds.

Also featured at the Arena on the same two nights will be the Calf Scramble, where ten teams, each consisting of a boy and girl, will compete with one another to catch, halter and coax their calf across the finish line. Participants must be between the ages of 12 – 18, and must weigh at least 100 pounds.

Western attire is required for both events, and there is no entry fee. Great prizes will be awarded for both events. For the Mutton Bustin’, prizes are $50 for first prize, $25 for second prize, and $10 for third prize. For the Calf Scramble, prizes are $100 for first prize, $50 for second prize, and $25 for third prize. There are a limited number of spots available, so call the Fair Office at (530) 273-6217 to reserve a spot in either event, as well as obtain an application and a list of rules.

This year’s Fair is August 12 – 16. Each evening of the Fair features a thrilling arena event. Wednesday is Professional Bull Riding; Thursday is the Rodeo; Friday is Tuff Truck Racing and Monster Trucks; Saturday is Free Style Moto X Riders and Monster Trucks; and Sunday is the Demolition Derby. Purchase your arena event tickets before August 11 and get admission to the Fair for only $5. Visit < href=www.nevadacountyfair.com>Nevada County Fair for more information

Reader Comments

This always makes me giggle! Mutton Bustin! Years ago when we lived in the big city we came up to visit my parents and we went to the PV Rodeo! We convinced my daughter to do the Mutton Bustin, I don’t know how (the little city girl she was) but my husband at the time took her down to the arena and she waited as my Mom and Dad and I watched from the stands. The first kid went and got bucked off and got a little hurt! I was not a happy Mom at that moment. Then the second kid went and the same thing!! OMG I thought to myself, he better bring my daughter back up to these stands! But No…. There she went, trotten down the arena, holding on for dear life! She got a little over 3/4 of the way and she jumped off! Then the rest of the kids went. With much anticipation, they announced the winner and they called my daughters name! She screamed a scream I had never heard! She had a smile from ear to ear! She received a beautiful belt buckle (of course, we had to buy a belt that they were selling at the Rodeo, so she could show off her win)! I will never, ever forget that moment and neither will she! She still has that belt buckle and still sports it to the Rodeo every year!! So, if you get the chance, let your kids do it! It is a lifetime memory!!


Written By Anonymous on July 30th, 2009 @ 3:27 PM