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More beers, bikes and bulls headed to Steamboat Springs’ summer lineup

Fighter stares down rider Brice Osborn in the early rounds of the 2013 Rocky Mountain Bull Bash. The bull riding drew a big crowd to Steamboat Springs' rodeo grounds.

— A new beer and wine festival, a high school mountain bike race and a freestyle bullfighting competition at Brent Romick Rodeo Arena are among the new events that are poised to land in Steamboat Springs in the coming months.

The attractions are among 23 events that a committee is recommending the city support this year with a total of $105,000 in special event funding.

Brent Romick said he's in the final stages of planning the new bullfighting competition, which would have cowboys and athletes square off against a charging bull for 70 seconds.

"The best bullfights are the ones where the guy almost gets hooked but doesn't," Romick said.

Romick said the bulls are bred differently than bucking bulls and are not injured during the course of the bullfights.

Some athletes do backflips to avoid the bulls.

"It's great action," Romick said

The event, dubbed 'Bulls and Bands,' will also feature country music performances.

Pending some final approvals, the bullfighting series is scheduled to run on Wednesday nights from July 12 to Aug. 9.

Other new events slated to come to town include the Colorado League Bike Race, which features high school racers, and Reds, Whites, and Brews, a wine and beer festival.

Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association events and sponsorship director Sarah Leonard said Reds, Whites, and Brews is hoping to set up shop on Yampa Street on June 24.

The festival is also proposing to use the new Workman Park as a staging area.

"We were really excited to see new events come in for the funding this year," Leonard said.

She said events that are poised to receive funding helped to fill scheduling gaps in the busy summer season.

"There are just some weekends in the summer that are just too busy, and priority was placed on events moving into a new weekend," she said.

Romick predicts the bullfighting series could make Wednesday nights bigger in Steamboat.

The Steamboat Springs City Council on Tuesday will consider approving the funding recommendations for the events.

A seven-member committee, which included two City Council members, came up with the funding recommendations for each event.

Other attractions that were picked to get city funding range from the Yampa Valley Crane Festival to the Steamboat Triathlon.

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