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Pro Rodeo Series prepares for big three-day weekend

Austin Colbert

— Only fools and children make guarantees, says Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series chairman Brent Romick. And while the local legend is neither, it hasn't stopped him from dreaming big for this weekend's 112th annual Cowboys' Roundup Days.

"We are probably going to have the biggest and best Fourth of July in history," Romick said. "We are going to put the ingredients together to make it a record-breaker, but we approach every rodeo that way. That's why the series gets better and better every year. We are not complacent about it."

The festivities kick off at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with the Working Ranch Cowboys Association Ranch Rodeo. It is one of 23 WRCA-sanctioned events held around the country, with competitors hoping to qualify for November's WRCA World Championships in Texas.

Then, the action moves back to the Steamboat Pro Rodeo Series Friday and Saturday nights. Romick believes it could be among the best shows in series history, considering the number of cowboys planning to be in Steamboat for "Cowboy Christmas,” as they call the Fourth of July weekend.

It's an especially important weekend for Steamboat cowboys, much like Romick. The Cowboys' Roundup Days is the longest standing tradition in Steamboat — a fact anyone associated with the series takes tremendous pride in.

"Being the stewards of Cowboys’ Roundup Days and being responsible for 112 years of tradition and the oldest tradition in Steamboat means we have to do it right," Romick said. "This is my 50th year of participating in Cowboys’ Roundup Days. I started as an 8 year old coming here when my dad was competing in the rodeo."

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This will be the third weekend of the summer-long series, which concludes the weekend of August 21-22. And this weekend is the only one all summer that has three straight days of rodeo action, including Thursday's Ranch Rodeo.

Friday's rodeo begins at 7:30 p.m. — the usual start time — while Saturday's Fourth of July rodeo begins at 6:30 p.m. to accommodate the night's firework festivities around town. All shows will take place at the Brent Romick Rodeo Arena in downtown Steamboat, with well-known rodeo clown Keith Isley providing entertainment.

"It happens to be the biggest week in all of professional rodeo. We are just fortunate in small town America, in Steamboat Springs, to also be able to host a July 4 rodeo and for it to be a tradition for 112 years," Romick said. "It's the hottest ticket in town. It's a great place to watch the fireworks, but it's a better place to see great pro rodeo before we watch the fireworks."

Tickets for Friday and Saturday shows are $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 7-15 (6 and under are free). They can be purchased at the gate or by going to steamboatprorodeo.com. Tickets for Thursday's Ranch Rodeo are separate and cost $18 for adults and $9 for children.

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