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Wednesday-night mini-rodeos new this summer at Norris-Penrose Event Center

A photo from the 2008 Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo shows bull-riding action. Bull riders seeking the cash prizes at the COS Rodeo must follow the same rules, including the requirement to stay on for eight seconds.
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A kind of "mini-rodeo" is striving to channel the Old West most Wednesday nights this summer at the Norris-Penrose Event Center.
       Organized by local tourism specialist Greg Wellens, the full program of the COS Rodeo features dinner, participatory rodeo-type events, bull riding by qualified cowboys and a concert at the end.
       Tickets are $34 a person ($99 for a family of four), but a person can attend just for the bull-riding and the band for $20.
       Norris-Penrose is at 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road, with the rodeo activities inside an arena within the open-air Penrose Stadium.
       Included is an American Indian emphasis, with teepees and artists and opportunities to support the One Nation Walking charity, according to Wellens, who owns Adventures Out West, a tourist-related business that works with the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.
       Tourism is the main focus of COS Rodeo. “We're trying to give visitors a taste of the West,” Wellens said. A similar weekly summer activity has been successful in Snowmass (near Aspen), he added.
       The inaugural evening (June 15) was successful for the first time, and he expects to build on that, Wellens said. Other scheduled rodeo nights will be (rain or shine) June 22 and 29, July 6 and 27, Aug. 3, 10 and 17.
       The gates open at 4:30 p.m., with a catered, western-style dinner served from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
       The mini-rodeo starts at 6:30. Events consist of a calf scramble (free for kids to enter), mutton bustin' ($20; must weigh under 50 pounds), steer sorting ($30 to enter a team), steer riding ($20; age 18 or under) and bull riding ($50 buy-in; experienced cowboys only).
       The concert starts around 9 p.m., featuring different local bands (one each night).
       Tickets are available at the gate or in advance at cosrodeo.com. For more information, call Adventures Out West at 578-0935.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 6/16/16; Outdoors: Norris-Penrose Event Center)

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