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The Challenged Children's Rodeo
Ingall's Park, Norco, California

John Richardson took the lead on organizing the CBBQA volunteer participation

Sunday November 18th will be the date of The Challenged Children's Rodeo. Once again it will be held at Ingall's Park in Norco.
California Circuit Finals Rodeo is a three day event starting Friday Night. The Challenged Children's Rodeo takes place Sunday 12:30 PM prior to the Sunday Finals. This is an event that allows children with special needs to participate in modified rodeo events, with the assistance of real rodeo cowboys and cowgirls. They get to wear some fancy cowboy clothes, ride a real horse and rope some stationary steers. and just have a positive rodeo experience in front of a supportive audience. Our job is to feed these hungry wranglers, along with their families, the rodeo participants and the rodeo sponsors. Rather than pay us for our services and food, Circuit Finals Rodeo will cut a check to Challenged Children's Rodeo so they can do this again next year.
What a wonderful day. Because of the combined effort of so many talented people, we had another successful Challenged Children's Rodeo.
Pam Gram and Pete Weaver handled all the cooking chores and nailed (I mean nailed) the portion control. Nobody left hungry and no food was left over. Everybody raved about the quality of the food. They towed their big catering rig from Chatsworth and refused any thanks. "We did this for the kids", Pam said.
Randy Gille and his son Randy arrived and helped in any capacity that they could. If any of you decide to do an event like this, insist, beg, plead, to have Randy attend. He is such a breathe of fresh air. He can't just put a scope of potato salad or beans on your plate. He has to sell it, he has to pitch it, he has to make you think, "This could be the biggest mistake of my life if I don't accept that spoonful". Thank you Randy for attending all of the Rodeos. You certainly make it fun.
Gene Goycochea rode in on the most beautiful Harley I've ever seen. If you have ever seen any of his bbq pits, you know he does nothing halfway. Gene has held many events like this for children, so it was a relief to have his knowledge and guidance handy.
When I read that Neil Strawder was going to attend, I was delighted. I've wanted to meet him for a long time. I also knew that we would now have an ample amount of great images posted here. Thank you Neil, it was indeed gracious of you to come all the way from Hawthorne to help.
Bentley Meredith, the poster child for 'You Should Never Take This Life Too Seriously', helped in the buffet line. With his multi-tasking ability he was able to serve and entertain the people in line, all the while cheering on contestants in the barrel race event. "Ride girl ride, you gotta beat 17.2 faster, faster". He didn't let the fact that he knew nothing about barrel racing, interfere with his enthusiasm. Thank you Bentley, as always you brought your A-Game.
Kristin Meredith is so thorough. She arrived with a clipboard in hand. She wrote down everyone's name, all the estimated serving times, all the product we had and all that we needed, number of guests etc.,etc. I know, I know, someone will make a joke about lawyers and details. But I am sincerely grateful for your help.
Lastly, Joe and Gina Golden, what a wonderful asset CBBQA has in this couple. They are both in the event planning and production business. I asked them to create a theme with the items that I brought. My goodness, what a beautiful tablescape Gina came up with. Together they set up the whole buffet line. Everything just flowed so perfectly. My toughest task was trying to get Gina to take a break. Joe's toughest task was allowing me to make mistakes, then offering helpful hints on how it might be down better. Before we all left, Joe showed us pictures of Gina's balloon designs and her specialty cakes. That girl has some artistic talent.
To all of you...Thank You... Didn't you just love seeing those smiles on all of those special children...
John Richardson


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