Can you imagine a “field trip” to a professional rodeo? Well, it happens every year in the City of Industry when children in grades three to five from 12 to 14 local school districts and private and parochial schools attend as guests of the Industry Hills Charity Pro Rodeo Committee and the LA County Fairplex.
Excitement and happiness is evident on the faces of the kids as many of them experience their first opportunity to see, touch and even smell the livestock that make up the rodeo. It’s also a special thrill for them to see and talk with the stock contractor or the rodeo announcer as well as the cowboys and cowgirls who are competing. Prior to attending the rodeo, classroom teachers provide all of the students with a special booklet that acquaints them with rodeo livestock and helps them prepare for the “field trip.” Based on a concept developed many years ago by Irene Beck, a retired school teacher and former member of the Rodeo Committee, our current Activity Booklet has a unique concept. Further developed by the staff of the Homestead Museum, many of the activities in the booklet are linked to specific California State Content Standards. In addition to describing the various rodeo events performed during Community Kids Day, it also includes rodeo related math, art, poetry and vocabulary activities, as well as articles about rodeo history and California’s vaquero heritage.
Professional cowboys and cowgirls, many of whom are world champions, beautiful rodeo stock, coupled with the sounds of racing horses, music and pageantry all combine to make 4,000 kids cheer. The grandstands boom with the sounds of laughter and stomping feet. We appreciate all the work of our Rodeo Committee Members who have contributed to make this day one that these young students are sure to remember. Our “thanks” to the all who volunteered their time to greet and assist all the children as they get off their buses and guide them into the arena area.