Saddle up for the Extreme Rodeo Invitational this weekend at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. The rodeo features bulls, bronco, trailer hitching, wild cow milking and more.
Admission is $10 at the gate or online at extremerodeo.org. Children ages 5 and younger get in free. There will be a cash prize calf scramble for kids ages 5 to 12.
The rodeo also features a 5K and fun run. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Saturday with entry fees of $30 per person or $55 for immediate family up to five people. The 1-mile walk/run starts at 8 a.m. and the 5K at 8:30 a.m. All participants will receive a T-shirt, rodeo ticket and Kids Fun Zone pass. Call (225) 715-8939.
The Kids Fun Zone — featuring a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, a mechanical bull, carnival games and other activities — is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; all-day admission is $10.
There’s a fishing rodeo for the kids beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday. Admission is free and all children will receive a T-shirt.
Stop by the Extreme Car and Truck Show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, which includes an antique tractor show. Early registration is encouraged; entry fee is $30 and all entrants will receive a free T-shirt. Call (225) 290-1001.
Visit extremerodeo.org for details.
George Bell and Friends will perform from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in Jambalaya Park for the last of this season’s Music in the Park.
The free concert series is presented by the Gonzales Mayor’s Council on the Arts.
Community health fair
River Parishes Community College is hosting a community and health fair from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at the campus, 925 W. Edenborne Parkway, in Gonzales.
Health screenings and information on local businesses will be available.
For information, call (225) 743-8500.
Dr. Courtland Chaney will present “Understanding and Managing Organizational Culture” at 7:30 a.m. April 28 in the Sister Linda Constantine conference room at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales.
Learn how to improve your business with strategic planning, organizational culture and management changes. There is no charge to attend. A complimentary breakfast will be provided.
Online registration is required; visit orgculture.eventbrite.com.
The presentation is sponsored by Ascension Business Connection.
Relay for Life
Join the fight against cancer by participating in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life on April 30 at Cabela’s in Gonzales, starting at 6 p.m. The event unites the community in celebrating those who have had cancer, remembering loved ones lost and providing an opportunity to fight back against the disease.
Festival music lineup
Jambalaya Festival Association officials have announced the musical lineup for the 2016 festival weekend set for May 27-29 along Irma Boulevard in Gonzales.
While the festival’s three-day cooking contest is the main event, music has become a popular draw.
Beginning May 27, Na Na Sha and Big River Express will open the festival, followed by the Chee Weez and Don Rich.
The May 28 lineup includes local favorites the Lil Bayou Band, Kenny Cornett & Killin’ Time and Foret Tradition. Nashville, Tennessee-based country musician and former “The Voice” contender James Dupré will open the night show on the main festival stage. Sammy Kershaw will serve as the night headliner.
On Sunday, Kenny Fife & Bac Trac, Four Below Zero, Hi Maintenance, David St. Romain and Louisiana’s LeRoux will perform.
For festival information, visit jambalayafestival.org.