National acts to entertain local crowds

National acts to entertain local crowds

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The 2005 Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series will feature two specialty acts this year -- Blake Goode and The Wild Child.

Having The Wild Child at this year's rodeo is "a very big deal," said rodeo series president John Shipley.

The Wild Child brings a new dimension to rodeo, blending motorcycle jumping with traditional rodeo entertainment. He is a highly sought-after act, booking three and four years in advance. Much of his act relies on the element of surprise. Spectators are never quite sure what The Wild Child might do next.

Texan Blake Goode performed during the 2004 Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series and will return this year with more of his fast-paced specialty act.

Goode performs as a Roman Rider, but changes the traditional act by standing on the backs of two Brahma bulls instead of the typical pair of horses. Goode will perform on the weekend of Aug. 12 and 13.

His matching white bulls are named Geronimo and Apache. He rides them around the arena -- one foot on each bull's back -- jumping over obstacles and through fire rings.

"It's difficult to say that bulls are beautiful, but these two bulls are gorgeous," rodeo administrator Char Mighton said.

The Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo invited Goode back this year because he was so popular with the crowd.

"People thought it was amazing," Mighton said.

This year's youth events will include the calf scramble in which children ages 6 to 12 race to be the first to pull a ribbon off a calf's tail.

There also will be Pee Wee barrel racing for ages 7 and younger. The children will ride the women's barrel racing course for prizes and gift certificates. While the contest is serious stuff to the youngsters, the sight of the pint-sized cowpokes with legs no longer than their saddle flaps steering huge horses around the course usually brings smiles to the faces of those in the audience.

As always, rodeo events will kick off with a barbecue and music at 6 p.m. outside the arena on the Boothill Bar and Grill stage.

Steve Fraysher will serve the crowds hot dogs, hamburgers, ribs and chicken.

Rodeos will be every Friday and Saturday night during the summer series, with an extra performance on Monday, July 4.

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