CASTRO VALLEY -- The annual Rowell Ranch Rodeo parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Castro Valley Boulevard will be closed off from Redwood Road to Lake Chabot Road beginning at 9:30 a.m., along with some side streets. The parade is expected to end at noon with an awards ceremony in the Castro Valley BART station.
A rodeo chili cook-off is planned for 5-9 p.m. Friday at Rowell Ranch Rodeo Park, 9275 Dublin Canyon Road. For details, go to http://cvchilicookoff.com.
The rodeo takes place the following weekend, May 18-19, at the park. Gates open at 10 a.m. each day, with activities beginning at 11 a.m. and the rodeo at 1:30 p.m. Tickets, $12-$18, may be purchased in advance at www.rowellranchrodeo.com or Rowell's Saddlery, 3473 Castro Valley Blvd. or at the gate.
Other rodeo-related events are planned for next week. See the website for more information.