Summer rodeo one of Steamboat's top draws

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The Steamboat Springs Professional Rodeo Series is a 10-week production, but the revolving cast of characters guarantees a different show each week.

"It doesn't matter if you've already been to a rodeo in Steamboat, or somewhere else, this is going to be a different show. It's a different show every week, " said John Shipley, president of the Steamboat Springs Professional Rodeo Series Board of Directors.

Tickets for the 2006 Professional Rodeo Series

  • Adults: $13
  • Children 6 - 15: $7
  • Children 6 and under: Free

Series is at 7:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday from June 23 through Aug. 26 at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena.

Spectators can also save a buck by purchasing pre-sale tickets at several outlets in Steamboat including F.M. Light and Sons, Soda Creek Western Mercantile, the Steamboat Springs Chamber and Resort Association, Sheraton Steamboat Resort, Gondola General and Steamboat Camp Ground.

The rodeo follows the same format each week, but because the cowboys, contract acts and livestock change, the show is always fresh and new.

While the script may change, rodeo is a tradition in Northwestern Colorado that stretches generations.

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Rodeos help preserve Steamboat's Western heritage.

Rodeos in Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Moffat County preserve our Western lifestyle and entertain thousands of tourists each year.

In the summer, rodeo can be found in Steamboat Springs at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena every Friday and Saturday night from June 23 through the middle of August.

The members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association selected the Steamboat series as the Best Small Outdoor Rodeo of the year in 2002.

But the local rodeo series didn't settle with that honor.

Last year, the Board of Directors revamped the series, opting to bring in a variety of stock contractors instead of relying on just one.

The move paid off as the Mountain States Circuit rewarded Steamboat by naming it the "Most Improved Rodeo Series" in the circuit.

This year, the series will bring bull riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, bareback and saddle bronc to downtown Steamboat Springs each week.

There will be two additional performances July 3 and July 4 as Steamboat celebrates the Fourth of July holiday.

The Fourth of July show will be bumped to 7 p.m. to accommodate fireworks. All other shows are at 7:30 p.m.

But professional rodeo is not the only game in town.

There is also an established series of ranch rodeos that stretch from Walden to Toponas during the summer months. Steamboat is going to host an event at the Romick rodeo arena at 5 p.m. July 2.

Rodeos will be held in Toponas in June, at the Routt County Fair in Hayden in August and in Walden in September.

Craig also offers several rodeos during the summer months, starting with a Professional Bull Riders event as part of Grand Olde West Days on May 27. Other rodeos include the Ride "N" Tie Rodeo July 14-15, the Little Britches Rodeo July 4 and a high school event September 24-25.

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