Rodeo does well coming out of the gates


— The Steamboat Springs Rodeo Series posted some big numbers in the opening weekend of the season at the Romick Rodeo Arena.

A total of 1,954 rodeo fans attended the rodeo over the June 16-17 weekend 1,032 on Friday and 922 on Saturday.

"We were very happy with the crowds we had," organizer John Shipley said. "Things ran exceptionally smoothly for the first performances of the season."

Shipley said that numbers of spectators generally average between 800-1,000 for each rodeo during the season. June and the Fourth of July rodeos tend to be the strongest.

The next big run will come July 1-4 during the annual Cowboy Round-Up Days, when Steamboat will host four rodeo performances.

The rodeo series will skip its normal Friday night show, opting instead to hold performances on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 7:30 p.m., and a special Tuesday night Fourth of July performance at 7.

"After 97 years of the Cowboy Round-up Days we couldn't not have a rodeo on the Fourth," Shipley said. "The only real decision we had to make was whether to have a matinee or evening performance."

The rodeo series will gamble that most visitors will hang around Tuesday evening to watch the fireworks.

"The best seat in Steamboat to watch the fireworks bar none is at the rodeo," Shipley said. "So I think we will do OK."

Shipley said the holiday rodeo's normally draw about 2,000 spectators for each performance. He isn't sure how that will work this year with the mid-week holiday. He is hoping the Monday and Tuesday performances will continue to draw big numbers.

To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail him at


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