In 1918 Tehama County cattle ranchers and their hands started gathering together after rounding up their herds, and held a picnic and informal rodeo. These “round-ups” started drawing crowds who wanted to watch cowhands try their luck at riding. From these humble beginnings, today’s Red Bluff Round-Up is a weeklong, community-wide event with bowling tournaments, foot races, a pancake breakfast, chili cook-off and more. The main draw is still the official Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo held in April at the Tehama District Fairgrounds. Ideally scheduled for the beginning of the rodeo season, it brings top talent looking to showcase its skills early on.
If you can’t make it for the Round-Up, you can still visit the Red Bluff Round-Up Museum with a photo collection dating back to 1918 and lots of fascinating Round-Up history.