Monterey, CA, July 14, 2018 — The Pattee Arena at the 2018 Monterey County Fair will go wild when the Flying U Rodeo & the Flying Cowboyz return for four shows August 31-September 2, at the Monterey County Fair & Event Center.
The Flying U Rodeo features exciting, fan-favorite events such as bull riding and American bull fighting, but with the added flair of new events such as bull poker, ring of fire, toro teeter totter and FMX.
The Flying U Rodeo and the Flying Cowboyz will be in action at 6 p.m. Friday, August 31 and Saturday, September 1, and 3 and 6 p.m. Sunday, September 2, in the Pattee Arena. Gates open at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 5 p.m.
Rodeo Admission is $5 per seat, per performance and on sale on the admit one ticket page. This price is a pre-sale price and good until August 29. After that, tickets are $10 each.
Sunday Rodeo Family Pack includes two adult fair admission, two children fair admission and four rodeo tickets. These packs are only good for one rodeo performance on Sunday. Presale: $35 Gate pricing: $50.
Discount tickets are available at the Fairground’s Administrative Office or at www.MontereyCountyFair.com.
This year’s fair theme is “Shake Your Tail Feathers,” and fairgoers will be able to do that with live rock, funk rock, country, R&B, pop groups, magic, juggling and hypnosis acts, pig racing, and much more, all free with a paid entry to the fair.
Thursday-Sunday: 12 to 11 p.m.
Monday: 12 to 10 p.m.
About Cotton Rosser & Flying U Rodeo Company
Cotton Rosser is a name that has become synonymous with quality rodeo production. After a ranch accident in 1956 abruptly ended a promising career as a rodeo contestant, Cotton purchased the Flying U Rodeo Company.
For the past several decades, Cotton and his family have worked to make the Flying U one of the most successful stock contracting firms in professional rodeo. Cotton has long been known for his outstanding rodeo productions, including the flamboyant opening ceremonies presented at the National Finals Rodeo, the Houston Livestock Show and the Grand National Rodeo in San Francisco just to name a few.
Rodeo is show business as far as he is concerned. According to Cotton, "You have to run the show, you can't let the show run you. If you don't keep the audience entertained they will go somewhere else."
Keeping his competition in mind helps Cotton's creative juices flow. He has been inspired in the past to bring such events to rodeo as Bull Poker, Roman Chariot Races, Bull Teeter-Totter and the "Wild Ride" — which has blown fans at the Red Bluff Round-Up away the past couple of years as some of the biggest names in bronc riding donned outrageous costumes and hopped aboard some of Flying U's best bucking horses.
Cotton recognizes Gene Autry as the person who most influenced the showman in him. During the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s stock contractors had a lot of class, silver saddles, matched horses and a flair for showmanship. Every cowboy rode in the grand entry during the heyday of rodeo in such places as Madison Square Garden in New York, Chicago, Houston, Fort Worth and Boston. Cotton has always tried to bring some of that pageantry and color back to rodeo.
In addition to their responsibilities with the Flying U, Cotton and his wife, Karin, own and operate Cotton's Cowboy Corral, a Marysville, CA western wear store. Both Cotton and Karin have pilot's licenses and Cotton has served on the PRCA Board of Directors.
The Rosser family lives a life that revolves around professional rodeo. The spirit and showmanship of the old west is alive and well in the form of Cotton Rosser. Life on the rodeo trail is not easy, but he manages to make a living doing what he loves...living the life of a cowboy!
The Flying U Rodeo is a big operation and it requires many family members and employees working together to produce the successful and entertaining rodeos.
About the Monterey County Fair & Event Center
The Monterey County Fair & Event Center is a premier event center set on 22 oak-studded acres with ample parking. It is a state-owned multi-use facility that features four large banquet rooms, two outdoor concert venues, and a variety of outdoor and indoor cost-effective sites ideal for all types of events. It is home of the annual award-winning Monterey County Fair, host to many major and private events on the Central Coast, and the site of the Monterey Bay Race Place, a Satellite Wagering Facility.
For more information, contact the Fair Administration Office, at 2004 Fairground Road in Monterey, by calling (831) 372-5863 or go to www.montereycountyfair.com for more information.
Marci Bracco Cain
Salinas, CA 93901