Rodeo is a tradition that stretches back more than 100 years in Steamboat Springs.
Bulls, horses, cattle and cowboys proudly display their sport every summer on the dusty floor of the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena. The event -- the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series -- has changed over the years but remains true to the traditions embodied in the rodeo at the very first Cowboy Roundup Days a century ago.
"It's about our Western tradition," rodeo board member John Shipley said of the series. " Rodeo is a unique sport in today's world of professional athletics and this is an award-winning production."
The production begins in June and continues through late August. The series draws top regional and national level competitors to Steamboat Springs.
But more importantly it provides a window into Western culture.
Every weekend, thousands of locals and vistors file through the gates hoping to get a taste of the cowboy lifestyle.
For the price of admission -- $12 for adults and $6 for children -- people can get their fill of rodeo's main attractions.
Spectators can save a buck by purchasing pre-sale tickets at several outlets in Steamboat.
Admission Tickets Adult gate, $12; Child (7-15) gate, $6 Adult presale, $11; Child (7-15) presale, $5.50 Children 6 and younger are admitted for free There is also a 10-admission discount pass this year for $90, which will be on sale from early June through June 20. Tickets are available at Soda Creek Mercantile, FM Light & Sons, Market on the Mountain, Gondola General, The Chamber Visitors Center, KOA Campground, Mount Werner Sinclair and the Sheraton.
The action on the arena floor is non-stop. Whether it's watching a cowboy get tossed around like a rag doll on a bull or bronc or watching the fast-moving action of tie down roping, team roping, barrel racing or steer wrestling, the sport of rodeo offers plenty of thrills and spills.
The annual series begins June 18 and continues through Aug. 21. There are two rodeo performances each week, at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The gates open at 6 p.m. for a special pre-event barbecue and music.
There will be a special rodeo on Sunday, July 4 at 7 p.m.
This year rodeo clown and barrelman Keith Isley will be in town July 9-10; crazy Cajun rodeo clown Blake Goode of Texas is scheduled for Aug. 13-14; and Roman rider Max Reynolds is also scheduled to appear.
The rodeo season will run 10 weeks this summer and will come to a close with the series finale on August 20-21.