About the Stampede Rodeo

The Valley Center Stampede Rodeo & Festival is a non-profit organization sponsored by the Valley Center Optimist Club. This year, we will be celebrating 17 years of bringing quality rodeo entertainment to our town and the neighboring communities of North San Diego County.

The annual rodeo and community festival are part of a community-wide effort to celebrate our town’s patriotism and western heritage over Memorial Day Weekend. While several local organizations, including the rodeo committee, work independently to create patriotic, western-themed events, the spirit of community is ever present and we all share a common goal of bringing our community together for this annual celebration.

The Valley Center Stampede Rodeo is one of only a few remaining non-profit rodeos in the nation. With no permanent facilities available, each year the rodeo committee takes on the monumental task of raising high quality rodeo grounds out of an old dusty hay field. The committee regularly receives accolades from rodeo fans that are awed by the quality of Valley Center’s rodeo.

The Stampede Rodeo & Festival is made possible through the efforts of hardworking volunteers and generous donations made by area sponsors. Rodeo Chairwoman Joyce Holmes, Festival Chairman Ron Johnson, and committee members work year-round to make sure the annual rodeo and community festival provides a quality family-friendly venue for our community to connect with one another and celebrate our western heritage.

One of the greatest outcomes of the rodeo is the donation of proceeds by the Valley Center Optimist Club to local youth programs such as 4-H, Future Farmers of America, Boy Scouts, VCHS Drama Club, VCP Music Boosters, an annual Christmas Giving Tree that provides gifts to over 100 less fortunate children, youth athletic programs and so many more.

We are always looking for volunteers and financial sponsorship. If you are interested in volunteering or becoming a sponsor, please contact us today.

We look forward to honoring Memorial Day and spending the weekend with you at the 2018 Valley Center Stampede Rodeo & Festival!

Rodeo Board

Rodeo Queen

One of the highlights of Western days each year is the crowning of the Valley Center Rodeo Queen and Junior Queen. The new Valley Center Rodeo Queen is crowned each April and represents the Valley Center Stampede Rodeo each May. To learn more about the pageant and see the current title holders, please visit the Rodeo Queen site.