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Mexican rodeo with bull riding proposed for Manorville farm


A Mexican heritage group is seeking permission to host a rodeo with live music, folk dancing and bull riding at a farm in Manorville.

The Mexican Folkloric Dance Society of New York, a nonprofit based in Yonkers, has applied for a special event permit from the town to organize the event, which would also include traditional Mexican food and a beer tent.

“It all falls into Mexican traditions and folklore,” said Alex Garcia, the group’s director said in an interview. “The music, the dancing, the bull riding — it’s all part of the folklore.”

The application estimates between 800 and 900 people will attend the rodeo, planned for July 27 at 60 Old River Road in Manorville, a privately owned agricultural property just inside the Riverhead Town boundary.

Riverhead Town Board members discussed the application briefly at Thursday’s work session and said they want to speak to the society before voting. The group also needs approval from the state’s Central Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission.

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