Smackdown California Bull Riding series Dec. 17 in Chowchilla

Souza's Bucking Bulls and the FFA chapters in Merced, Chowchilla, Buhach Colony, Le Grand, Mariposa and Madera present the 2012 Smackdown California Bull Riding Series Kickoff. The family-friendly (no alcohol or tobacco) event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Chowchilla Fairgrounds covered arena.

The main show starts at 6 p.m. and will feature bull riders from up and down the West Coast. After the main event, there will be food and a live performance of country music by The Erin McKinney Band.

There will also be a Mutton Busting Contest and Greased Pig Contest. Souza's Bucking Bulls supports the Future Farmers of America.

Event tickets are $15 for adults and can be bought at your local FFA, with $5 of every ticket sold by the FFA student going directly to the local FFA Chapter. Children’s tickets are $5 and can be bought at the box office.

The groups will also host Bull Riders Making A Difference — U Can 2 Food Drive benefiting the Merced County Food Bank and the Madera/Chowchilla Food Pantry. Bring in any can food donation and receive a free beverage. For additional information, please call (209) 724-3253.