Aaron Williams, a native of Pismo Beach, took home one of the top honors as the 78th Annual Santa Maria Elks Rodeo wrapped up its four-day Labor Day weekend Sunday at the Elks Unocal Event Center.
Williams won the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) bull riding championship, as only two of 16 riders achieved eight-second races over the four days. Shane Proctor had the only other full lap.
Kate and Stan Branco became the first wife / husband team to leave with the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo Champions Curls at the same rodeo.
Kate Bronco won the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) tug of war while Stan Branco won the steer wrestling title.
The Xtreme Bronc Riding (XBR) Championship went to Santa Ynez teamagin.com with brothers Wade and Trace Agin and DJ Stoneburner.
Megan Champion lived up to her name by winning the WPRA Barrel Racing Championship.
The bareback riding title went to Clayton Bigelow while Blaise Freeman left with the saddle bronc riding crown.
In the timed events, Trenton Smith won the tie-down rope and the team of Dan Williams Jr. and Clayton Moore won the tag team title.
The Elks were unable to host the annual Minetti mini rodeo this year. Instead, they brought in local stringers for the junior breakaway.
Noah Cervantes won the 12 and under junior breakaway title with Haliegh Grant winning the 13-17 competition.
Local riders also competed in the Elks Roping Team with brothers Nick and Marcus Maldonado winning the championship.