BRAYDEN BACCHI, first place winner in the mutton bustin' last year, shows Kevin Grudin the belt buckle she won. Democrat file photo by Shelly Thorene


Celebrate cowboy culture

What: Cowboys and Cornbread

Who: El Dorado County Visitors Authority

Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville

When: Sunday, July 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: $10 per carload or $2 walk-in fee

Information: or 800-457-6279


Christmas comes in July for professional cowboys. It is their busiest time of year. They hit one rodeo after another, roping, riding and wrestling for a chance to win a lot of money in a short period of time.

El Dorado County chose this month to celebrate the cowboy culture and western living that has been the backbone of the region.

On Sunday, July 20,drive up, hitch up or giddy-up — it’s time for Cowboys and Cornbread, a day-long celebration of old-fashioned fun, food and friendly competition at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville.

The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with a chili cook-off, championship horse show, cornbread and salsa competition and cowboy church.

There’s live entertainment all day including chuckwagon barbecue, free stage coach rides, cowboy poetry, candle making, gold panning, blacksmith and cowboy dip dunk tank.

Buckaroos can get a hands-on taste of the cowboy life at the kiddy corral.

Don’t forget about mutton bustin’ where young cowboys and cowgirls ride sheep for fame and glory.

Try your hand at the Hangtown Horseshoe Tournament. Wet your whistle with suds, wine or moonshine.

This regional event brings together some of the areas finest musicians of the mouth harp to vie for cash, prizes and the best bragging rights around. Cheer on your favorite musician at the Hangtown Harmonica Championship.

Do you make a mean batch of chili? Have a secret salsa recipe? Are you brave enough to belt out a tune on the harmonica? Have country western creations for sale? Rather throw horseshoes than ride a horse?

For cash prizes and bragging rights, enter one or all of the contests available at Cowboys and Cornbread.

There is still time to throw your hat in the ring. Download forms and applications at

Parking is $10 per car or $2 walk in fee.

For more information call 800-457-6279 or go to

El Dorado County Vistors Authority

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