This year marks the 75th annual Boys Ranch Rodeo +adventureFEST! Stay tuned for more on this exciting event commemorating our 75th year of rodeo fun and 80th year of serving children and families.
Today, hundreds of Boys Ranch residents welcome thousands of visitors and supporters to campus each Labor Day weekend, where they enjoy adventureFEST, a barbecue lunch and rodeo action. The Boys Ranch Rodeo features youth competing in events that range from the mild to traditional thrills such as bronc riding and pole bending.
The annual Boys Ranch Rodeo +adventureFEST is one of the most visible expressions of adventure at Cal Farley’s. By encouraging reasonable, healthy risk-taking, innovation and laughter, our residents learn to identify the balance between work and play, and can better take in the excitement in their daily lives.
From activities like rock climbing and canoeing to annual rodeo favorites such as bronc riding and barrel racing, residents at Cal Farley’s learn how to direct their natural urge for adventure into exciting, healthy, productive challenges.
About one hundred people, many of whom were Mr. Farley’s acquaintances, attended that first rodeo, where the boys rode some donkeys and branded a few calves. Much like the organization’s own humble beginning with nine boys in an abandoned courthouse, the rodeo has experienced a lot of growth in the years since. Today, thousands of visitors attend an event that now includes the fun and games of adventureFEST, authentic Western barbecue and, of course, the traditional rodeo action that thrills our audience each year!