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Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series starts Friday night

The 2010 Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series starts off Friday at 7:30 p.m.

— Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series board member Brent Romick said he'd love to see the residents of Steamboat Springs turn out in massive numbers for each of this season's 20 Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo performances.

"They should come to them all with their season pass," he said.

But, he said, if that's not possible, there's no better time to try out the 2010 rodeo season than right from the start.

A new summer of rodeo kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena in downtown Steamboat Springs, and Romick himself said the first shows should be among the best.

"If I had my druthers, I'd go watch the first two," he said. "We are very excited. We have a very strong entry list."

Romick is enthusiastic about rodeo even when there's 10 feet of snow on the ground, but that entry list is the source of his early season eagerness this season.

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More than 200 competitors are expected to participate Friday and Saturday night, so many that those who can't be squeezed into the regular performances will compete Friday night after the show.

Among the entries are some of the top cowboys and cowgirls in the sport, Romick said.

"You won't see any of the rodeo staff out at the bars Friday night," he assured. "We will be running slack until 2 a.m. We have a strong list, and I hope it stays that way all summer."

Locals still have the opportunity to see how the rodeo shakes out through the entire season thanks to the return of the rodeo season pass.

Officials said the pass was popular last year when it made its debut, and sales have been even more brisk early this season.

A typical night at the rodeo costs $15 for an adult, but the pass is good for 18 of the 20 summer performances, excluding only the two July 4 weekend shows. It costs $40 before the season and will be available at the rodeo this weekend as well as at all the regular ticket sales sites, including the Sheraton Steamboat Resort, The Steamboat Grand, Gondola General, the information kiosk in Gondola Square, F.M. Light & Sons, All That Jazz, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Steamboat Central Reservations.

"There was a big push on those passes," said John Shipley, a board member and rodeo announcer.

He was busy Wednesday running through final preparations for the season's first rodeos and said things were going well.

"I'm a little surprised," he said, marveling that all the computer equipment he unpacked this spring worked almost as seamlessly as it had last fall when he packed it up. "It should be a great first weekend. We will have plenty of rodeo, and people will walk away feeling like they got their money's worth."

Ticket information

Adults: $15

Children ages 7 to 15: $8

Children 6 and younger: free

Adult series pass: $40

Pre-sale tickets are available at Sheraton Steamboat Resort, The Steamboat Grand, Gondola General, the information kiosk in Gondola Square, F.M. Light & Sons, All That Jazz, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association and Steamboat Central Reservations. All tickets are general admission, except for VIP tickets. Visit http://www.steamboatprorodeo.com for more information.

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

Order of Events

(Subject to change nightly)

  • Opening ceremonies
  • Bareback riding
  • Sponsor flags
  • Team roping
  • Calf scramble
  • Tie-down roping
  • Ram scramble
  • Steer wrestling
  • Clown act
  • Saddle bronc riding
  • No. 11 Team roping
  • Cowgirls barrel racing
  • Pee wee barrel racing
  • Bull riding