No shortage of events during Fourth of July week

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— The sound of cattle hooves on Lincoln Avenue on Sunday will usher in a bonanza of Fourth of July celebrations in Steamboat Springs.

Two hundred head of cattle will be driven through town at 10 a.m. as part of the 104th Cowboys' Roundup Days.

"We've had 104 years of the Fourth of July with rodeo in Steamboat," said Matt Windt, special events director for the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association. "People who are here over a period of time have lots of opportunities to see one of Steamboat's greatest traditions, which is the pro rodeo."

Windt said the cattle drive will begin at Saddleback Ranch, proceed down Twentymile Road, move through the heart of Old Town Steamboat Springs on Lincoln Avenue before concluding at the rodeo grounds.

Sunday's cattle drive will be followed by Cow Town Ranch tours, sponsored by the Community Ag-

riculture Alliance, which will take people into the country to see working ranches.

"It's a chance for people to see a little bit of our history that is still very important to our town," said Windt, who noted the four-hour, $50 tour leaves Romick Arena at 12:45 p.m. "It's a great way for people to see that heritage of old Steamboat by meeting the families and touring the ranches with a guide."

Windt said people don't have to leave Steamboat Springs to see real cowboys Sunday. The working horse competition at 1 p.m. in Romick Arena will showcase ranching skills. The event is free.

Sunday's events conclude with the Mountain Valley Bank Ranch Rodeo at 5 p.m. in Romick Arena.

Wednesday's Fourth of July events kick off with a pancake breakfast at the Steamboat Springs Community Center at 6 a.m. The breakfast will continue until 10 a.m. when the First National Bank of Steamboat Springs Fourth of July Parade begins.

The parade lines up on Yampa Street, proceeds up 11th Street, turns onto Lincoln Avenue down to Sixth Street before completing the loop back on Yampa Street. The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club will hold a roller ski race prior to the parade. The race will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Following the parade, Windt suggested people attend the Pioneer Day Block Party at the Tread of Pioneers Museum at 11:30 a.m.

The holiday performance of the rodeo is at 7 p.m. in Romick Arena.

"The rodeo is a half-hour early so we can get done for the fireworks display," said Windt, who noted the fireworks show should begin at 9 p.m. over Howelsen Hill.

"By Wednesday we are only halfway done with the events," he said. "We have another rodeo Friday, the Hot Air Balloon Rodeo (July 7 and 8) and Art in the Park (July 7 and 8)."

The Hot Air Balloon Rodeo begins at Bald Eagle Lake at 6:30 a.m. July 7. Windt reminded visitors there will not be parking at the site.

"We are encouraging people to park at the Meadows parking lot and ride the free shuttle to and from the event," said Windt. "People are also encouraged to walk or ride their bikes, and we will have a bike lockup area."

Some 42 hot air balloon pilots will compete in a series of events to test their piloting skills.

The 33rd annual Art in the Park at West Lincoln Park will feature artists, food and crafts.

"It's a little bit of everything," said Windt, who said a shuttle service will be available from Colorado Mountain College. "The color of the balloons, the color of the art, has branded this as Steamboat's most colorful weekend."

For more information, contact the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association at 875-7002 or visit www.steamboatsummer.com.

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