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If you're anywhere near Lindsay CA on January 14th ..... its Charro Traditional Time!

Lindsay's Murals Program Keeps Rolling Along ...

Lindsay's Mural and Public Art Society is proud to announce the dedication ceremonies for its latest fine art mural entitled Charro Traditions will take place on Sunday January 14 at 1:30pm in Lindsay.

The mural has been designed and painted by well known artist Roger Cooke of Sandy Oregon and is located on the side of Cal Citrus Packing at Honolulu and Sweet Brier.

Festivities no less will be initiated by a parade of some 40 Charro riders in full regalia, and will start at Hermosa and Westwood Streets near the main entrance to the City at 1:00pm.

The Dedication is by the President and Vice President of the Charro Federation of Mexico and California

Charro's from Sacramento to San Diego will be in attendance as well as the top brass dignitaries from Lindsay and the surrounding area.

Visitors and local folk can then enjoy a two block walk to an appropriate buffet luncheon in Restaurante El Palmar’s Banquet Hall which seats 250-270 people. Tickets are $10 including non-alcoholic beverages. There will also be a no-host bar. Musical entertainment will be provided by a five-piece mariachi group.

The restaurant is located at 122 Honolulu Street but the entrance to the Banquet Hall is around the corner on Elmwood Avenue.

Tickets may be purchased .... contacting Don Bessey at 559-562-5181 or Bill Drennen at 559-647-1352.

.... and if you wonder just what great value the party occasion will be not to mention Roger Cooke's excellent new mural art, take a peek at the In Progress pictures of the Charro Traditions Mural right HERE

Charreada is a Mexican Rodeo!

Roger Cooke's 'Cal Citrus' Mural depicts a Charreada with various events that show the tremendous courage, pride and skills of the Charro’s.

The Charreada was initiated in the sixteenth century when the first horses were introduced to South America by the Spanish Conquistadors. These horses were used in agriculture and cattle ranching as well as being developed for use as a cavalry. The first native vaqueros [cowboys] held informal contests to show off their horsemanship and ranching skills. The most skilled of the Charros [horsemen] and they constantly trained both themselves and their horses. The Charro’s were very highly revered for their balance, courage, dexterity, horsemanship, values and great character.

Charro’s served then, as they do today, as positive role models for society in general and specifically the children.

Throughout the year's the Charro’s have been celebrated by Mariachi’s and folkloric dancers as they take opportunity to display their courage and skills in a Charreada.

Lindsay has a rich history in this tradition as several local ranches have been used to train both the Charro’s and their very skilled horses. Angel Jauregui Sr. created the first Charro’s training facility in Lindsay in the 1960’s and his son Angel Jauregui Jr. has been a Charro for 30 years taking part in Charreada’s throughout the United States and Mexico. The Don Bessy Ranch and the Russ Keeley Ranch have been the hosts for such training for many years. Lindsay also has a Charreada arena on Avenue 242. At present Lindsay boasts over two dozen Charro participants.

Lindsay is also the headquarters of a media center that produces a quarterly magazine called
Charro USA Magazine, a website and a web radio show. Mr. Gustavo Casillas, who resides in Lindsay, is the Publisher/Editorial Director and webmaster of these media offerings.

Thus Cal Citrus is pleased to present the Charro Mural which celebrates the multicultural heritage of this fine tradition.

Published Date: January 12th 2007

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