The Santa Maria Elks Rodeo and Parade season is officially underway, and while it's still February, Elks Recreation, the committee that oversees the rodeo, is busy putting the pieces together. “Can you believe it?” Elks Recreation Chief Operating Officer Tina Tonascia said Tuesday, during the 2019 kickoff press conference. “The rodeo is only four months away. The time will fly until opening day and we’ve still got lots to do.” Take a look back at last year's 75th anniversary 'Denim and Diamonds' celebration with photos from the event in this gallery. Learn more about the preparation, and read Elliott Stern's story from the kickoff event on Wednesday right here.