The 56th annual Chowchilla Western Stampede Cattle Drive made it way down Robertson Boulevard Friday morning, kicking-off three days of roping events. Leading this year's cattle drive was Shane Barnes, in the middle.
Barnes is the 2013 Stampede Committee chairman. Stampede committee members got a little help from local cowboys and cowgirls herding the steers to the fairgrounds. Participants roped in several events for top money and prizes.
This year's weather was perfect for all three days. The 2013 Chowchilla Western Stampede Grand Marshall is Anderson Pump.
Pump was selected by the Stampede Committee for years of support and dedication to the city.
Pictured at left, Lindsey Crafts of Mariposa is the 2013 Chowchilla Western Stampede Queen.
The new queen is 22 years old and currently a student at Reedley College. She is a member of the Merced Horseman's Association, California State Horsemen Association, Mariposa Pioneer Wagon Train and Grace Church.
In her spare time, she likes to shop, hunt, compete in horse shows and support community events. Crafts is pictured with Barnes and Stampede Committee Secretary Tom Martin. For more on Stampede Royalty, see Page 3.