Summer Pro Rodeo Series kicks off Friday


If you go

The rodeo runs every Friday and Saturday through Aug. 16 at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena in downtown Steamboat Springs. Times are the same for every performance except July 4, when the rodeo starts at 7 p.m.

- Rodeo schedule

6 p.m. Pre-rodeo barbecue starts

6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Pre-rodeo live entertainment

7:30 p.m. Rodeo starts

- Ticket prices

Adults: $15

Children 7 to 15: $8

Children 6 and younger: Free

Adult season pass: $35 if purchased by Friday; $50 if purchased after Friday

Tickets are available at F.M. Light & Sons, Ghost Ranch Saloon, Sheraton Steamboat Resort, Steamboat Grand, Gondola General, Information Center/Vacation Services in Gondola Square, Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Steamboat Central Reservations.

All tickets are general admission.

- The events include:

Bareback Riding

Saddle Bronc Riding

Bull Riding

Tie-Down Roping

Steer Wrestling

Team Roping

No. 11 Team Roping

Cowgirl's Barrel Racing

Pee Wee Barrel Racing

Calf Scramble

Ram Scramble

Veteran rodeo clown J.W. Winklepleck will also perform throughout the weekend.

— Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series board president John Shipley worked late into the night Tuesday, trying to figure out why the computer system he helped unplug last August wouldn't work the same when he plugged it back in at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena in downtown Steamboat Springs.

He spent Wednesday hammering away at a computer and trading phone calls with technical support staffers.

"It's like you have to re-invent the wheel every season," he said, frustrated as he considered all that still needed to be done.

The list of last-minute details was long, he said, but it wasn't too much to cloud his excitement. Shipley, the announcer of the 10-week, 20-performance rodeo series, said he's ready.

The rodeo returns to Steamboat Springs with a 7:30 p.m. Friday performance in downtown Steamboat.

"There's a lot of work that goes into the first one," Shipley said, preparing for his 25th year in the sport. "But I'm excited."

Shipley said there are plenty of reasons for local rodeo fans to be excited, too.

Friday and Saturday's events are filled to capacity with competitors. That's not always the case and likely won't be as the summer drags on.

Cowboys and cowgirls are still fresh, flush and - thanks to some recently finished major rodeos in the region - in the area.

"Most of them still have the little pot of money they put together to go rodeo," Shipley said about the influx of riders. "They haven't ridden much, so they're still healthy. Attrition happens through the year, so it's as good as it gets right now."

The same sentiment can be applied to the rodeo's stock. Southwick's Rocky Mountain Rodeo Company will provide the rough stock for the next three weekends.

"This weekend we'll have good stock and good cowboys," Brent Romick said. "Those are the proper ingredients. We're going to start off this year with a bang."

There's even one final incentive for locals to make it for the first performance of the season. Friday marks the final day patrons will be able to purchase the season-long rodeo passes. The $35 ticket gets fans into every rodeo they want all season, except the July 3 and 4 fireworks-supplemented shows.

A regular adult ticket to the rodeo costs $15.

"It hasn't gone as well as we expected, but we have sold quite a few so far," rodeo board member Char Mighton said. "After Saturday, the price goes up to $50, so we could get a lot of people."


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