Annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo July 10-13

       The 73rd annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo will be Wednesday to Saturday, July 10-13 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road.
       Competition times are nightly at 7:30 p.m., plus a Saturday matinee performance at 1 p.m.
       More than 640 contestants will compete for prize money from a purse totalling around $250,000, according to spokesperson Nikki Wall.
       Competition will be in steer wrestling, bareback bronc riding, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, bull riding and women's barrel racing. Prize money will go to the top eight places in each event, she said.
       Pre-rodeo activities outside the stadium will start about three hours beforehand, including mutton bustin' (a sheep ride for kids), a chili cook-off, mechanical bull riding and performing pigs.
       An added event this year for rodeo-goers will be in the stadium at the end of the evening - a demonstration by Pro-Tour FMX members DJ Umphres and Brent Denton of “high flying motocross showmanship,” the Pikes Peak or Bust website states.
       Seats cost between $15 and $35, with discounts for children and military or for buying in advance online or at the Norris-Penrose ticket office. For more information, call Norris-Penrose at 635-1101.
       Pikes Peak or Bust will follow the Ride for the Brand Championship Rodeo, an annual event June 29 that features working cowboys from various states. The venue for both rodeos is the Norris-Penrose facility, with organization by the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation.
       Since 1946, the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo has donated event proceeds to charitable programs and services benefiting local military personnel and their families.
       Sanctioned by the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Associa-tion, Pikes Peak or Bust is also part of the Wranglers Million Dollar Tour, with participants seeking to qualify for the national championships in December in Las Vegas - “our super bowl,” as Wall put it.

Westside Pioneer/press release