Miss San Benito Rodeo 2017 Corissa King and 2018 Queen Kelsee French, waving to the crowd at the 2018 parade in downtown Hollister. Photo by Blaire Strohn.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

Miss San Benito Rodeo to be crowned June 15

Two contestants vie for year-long honor.

Roping at the San Benito County Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo. Photo by Joshua Miller.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

2019 Saddle Horse Show roping in a new era

Event changes up its food and entertainment offerings.

Recreation & Sports

Students participate in four-wheel drive safety clinic

Course at Hollister Hills tailored to teach off-road driving safety.

Local high school rodeo state finals qualifiers. Photo courtesy of Liz Westrick.

Agriculture

Local rodeo athletes competing at state finals

They’ll be representing San Benito County at two upcoming events. Top athletes move on to nationals.

Cal Fire was one of the state agencies that spoke at the wildfire town hall meeting on April 4. Photo courtesy of Jim Gillio.

Police & Fire

State, local agencies discuss wildfire preparedness and prevention

Residents attend town hall hosted by San Benito Fire Safe Council.

This picture with the steer is from my freshman year at Fresno State. I was actively involved in Fresno State Beef Cattle Show Team where we competed at collegiate jackpot shows throughout the state of California. Photo courtesy of Blaire Strohn.

Community Opinion

COLUMN: An insider’s perspective on Cystic Fibrosis

BenitoLink reporter Blaire Strohn increases awareness by sharing her struggle with Cystic Fibrosis.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Nonprofits

Local fire groups to hold town hall on wildfire preparation

April 4 session covers prevention and response in hazard zones of San Benito County.

Miss San Benito Rodeo 2017 Corissa King and 2018 Queen Kelsee French, waving to the crowd at the 2018 parade in downtown Hollister. Photo by Blaire Strohn.

Recreation & Sports

Entries open for Miss San Benito Rodeo

Winner will represent the county’s Saddle Horse Association at various events including the California Rodeo in Salinas and San Benito County Fair.

San Benito County students at the California High School Rodeo Association’s Challenge of Champions rodeo. Photo courtesy of Nikki Bell.

Agriculture

Local athletes compete at Challenge of Champions rodeo

SBHS students place in multiple events.

Friends and neighbors gather at Tres Pinos Church Hall on March 9 to try their hand at Pedro, a local card game. Photo by Blaire Strohn.

Nonprofits

San Benito Cattlewomen hold annual pedro party

Card players fill Tres Pinos Church Hall.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

Agriculture

Landowners aim to fight fire with fire

Meeting looks at prescribed burning on county rangelands.

Pat Ricotti and Elliott French showcasing their “bucking tractor” during the 2018 Downtown Parade. Photo by Blaire Strohn.

San Benito Lifestyle (Home, Garden, Food & Culture)

Saddle Horse Show seeks entries for downtown parade

Annual event that celebrates vaquero and ranching traditions started in 1932.

FFA member Sara Brewen sells her grand champion steer at the 2018 San Benito County Fair. Photo courtesy of San Benito County Fair.

Agriculture

Hollister marks National FFA Week a little early

SBHS members give presentations on career skills.

Participants of the Gravel Grinder prepare to go up a hill on Browns Valley Road in Paicines during the 2018 Discovery Classic. Photo by Becky Bonner.

Recreation & Sports

Discovery Classic bike ride returns for second year

New 100-mile Road Ride will wind through San Juan Bautista and Aromas.

The Rayburn Brothers Band comprised of (left to right) Craig and Keith Rayburn. Photo courtesy of Keith Rayburn.

Arts

Rayburn Brothers Band set to play Aromas Grange

Monterey-based musical brothers have spent the last 30 years making music together.