Steamboat rodeo series winding down with season-long championships on the line |

Steamboat rodeo series winding down with season-long championships on the line

Jake Miller/For the Steamboat Today

Warren Stairs

— Like barbecues, jumping in the river, and everything else great about summer, the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series is coming to an end. After Saturday's show, the series will conclude Aug. 16 and 17 with the series crown of its season-long champions and a celebration a successful year of rodeos.

"We've had a great season in terms of attendance," rodeo board member Laura Sankey said.

The board is hoping to continue that trend heading into the final weekend of the season. However, the last show does present unique challenges for rodeo series all across the country because county fairs typically are scheduled this time of year.

"The fair rodeos create more competition for contestants, so that's one of our challenges," Sankey said. "But there's still good competition for the guys that are here, and it's still really fun for the spectators."

With the incentives the rodeo gives for monthly winners as well as competition for the series titles, Sankey said, the board thinks there still are more than enough reasons to watch the conclusion of the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series next week.

"I always love to see the season series races. There's always some jockeying back and forth to see who the winner is going to be," Sankey said. "Sometimes, it comes down to the last ride of the last event."

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Jake Miller, a 2012 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, is working as a summer intern for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. He recently completed his freshman year at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

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