Cattle Call week, more than anything else, is a summoning.
The week of events summons Imperial Valleyites to come out of their summer hibernation — it's the reverse here from most places — and start having outdoor fun again, start having carne asadas, start throwing the Frisbee to the dog. It tells visitors and former residents that it is OK to visit again, that they won't spontaneously combust if they come to the Imperial Valley, at least not for the next several months.
As much fun as all the official events are, starting with Cattle Call Chili Cook-Off and ending with the third performance of the rodeo on Sunday afternoon, it is the private parties, the get-togethers, the old friends running into old friends that makes Cattle Call special. And as for the private parties and get-togethers, we saw and experienced some doozies this year.
Those who put on both the private and public events should be saluted. We need more good times in the Valley, and Cattle Call Week is a week chock full of good times. It is not easy to organize events well, but everything came off during Cattle Call week without a visible hitch. The week's events also filled local motels, restaurants and nightclubs with patrons, pumping much-needed money into the community, particularly the Northend.