The 30th Annual Bill Pickett Rodeo was held outside the City of Los Angeles in the Industry Hills Pavilion.
It was a day full of pageantry, celebrities, politicians, galloping horses, mutton busting, face painting, barrel riding, media fun that included putting panties on a calf; there was soul food, a painter named Derrick Dezine, a couple of clowns, bull riding, calf roping, and a superhero named Danger Man. With the exception of a few minor mishaps the rodeo went off without a hitch; I am sure that had there been any issues, Danger Man would have stepped in to solve them.
The first day opener began with Reality Star Jackie Christie in a saddle holding tight onto her horse’s reigns trailing behind Emmy Award Winner Glynn Turman, James Pickens Jr. (Grey’s Anatomy) and Obba Babatunde ( Half and Half ) as they participated in a thunderous ride of horses into the area. After a few laps the event progressed to the national anthem being sung flawlessly by “Think Like A Man” start Jennifer Lewis followed by the singing of the Black National anthem; surprisingly the young folks in the crowd seem to know the words of both anthems as the crowd stood with their hats off and pants pulled up.
On day two the national anthem was sung by a bonafied singing artist who I joked with about her not getting caught singing the anthem in the wrong key and more importantly to remember all the words… the one and only Jenifer Lewis! FYI she sung the song in the right key and remembered all the words. I was impressed after she successfully sung the anthem.
Assembly Woman Cheryl Brown of the 47th District present a proclamation to rodeo producer Margo Ladrew on behalf of Lou Vason (Founder of the Bill Picket Rodeo) and the Soul Steppers did a line dance which I believe was similar to a doe-see-doe square dance. Finally there were answers to the question of whether or not the rodeo would be around next year, as Assembly Women Cheryl Brown and Margo Ladrew said, “The show will go on.”
It was happy trails to the all the cowboys and cowgirls as the sun sank slowly into the dusty horizon of the West as the scally wags and side busters made their way home via stagecoach while holding on to their hats and six shooters.
CK OUT THE SOUL STEPPERS!