This weekend may not be seeing he most ideal conditions in Fresno, but even so, this is an excellent weekend for thiose in the community to get out and have some fun!
First and foremost, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Clovis Rodeo, a proud Central Valley tradition since 1914. As outlined by The Fresno Bee, this year's historic rodeo, which started yesterday and will continue through Sunday, includes a busy weekend of activities. Among the highlights are the main event rodeo performances beginning yesterday at 5.p.m. and at at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (remember, for those looking forward to the bull-riding, that event always comes last in the program.) Tickets are on sale for $20-$30. There will also be music, starting yesterday with country singer Tyler Farr performance after the main rodeo performance. At 7:30 p.m. today is the annual Clovis Rodeo Dance, with Chris Curtice and the Wild Horses perform. Tickets are on sale for $10. Lastly, there was this morning's annual parade, this year's theme being "Happy 100th Birthday Clovis Rodeo and Parade," which started at 9:30 a.m. this morning at the corner of Barstow and Railroad avenues.
Tickets to the rodeo are available at www.clovisrodeo.com, (559) 299-5203 and at the ticket office on the rodeo grounds.
For those of you who prefer a more open and academic setting to have fun, this weekend also see the 40th Annual Vintage Days at Fresno State University, also beginning yesterday and going through until Sunday. For those who don't know, as explained on the event webpage, Vintage Days is Fresno State’s largest student-planned celebration which attracts over 50,000 people from Fresno and the surrounding communities to campus for three days of entertainment and excitement! There’s something for everyone at Vintage Days, including food and game booths, live entertainment, a beer garden, a Crafts Faire, and much, much more.
Last, but not least, this weekend also see the 10th Annual Fresno Film Festival. As reported by The Fresno Bee, this year's festival, orchestrated by Fresno Filmworks, offers a diverse lineup of films that President Jefferson Beavers describes as "multicultural cinematic art."
The films offered at this year's festival include:
Like Father, Like Son, by writer/director Hirokazu Koreeda, a moving and touching tale of two sets of parents who must deal with some life-changing decisions when they discover their sons were switched at birth.
Omar, a story about a man named Omar, a Palestinian baker, and his romantic feeling for a young woman named Nadia, whose brother is his good friend, and Omar is afraid to tell him he wants to marry his sister, all while these characters live in the occupied territories of Israel.
Le Week-End, about an aging married couple who make a weekend trip to Paris to look for the love and passion that brought them together 30 years ago as they seek signs of emotional sanity in a deteriorating world.
There are certainly many more productions that will be showing besides that. and a complete listing of events can be downloaded at fresnofilmworks.org.
The Fresno Film Festival in being held Friday through Sunday at the Tower Theatre, 815 E. Olive Ave. Festival pass are $45, individual programs $10 general admission, $8 students, seniors, available at fresnofilmworks.org or at the Tower Theatre box office.
So, to everyone in Fresno today, this examiner says don't mind the weather and get out there and have some fun!