5-day Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo starts July 12 at Penrose Stadium

       About 550 of the nation's top cowboys are expected to compete in the 66th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center's Penrose Stadium Wednesday, July 12 to Sunday, July 16.
       The events will include steer wrestling, bareback broncs, tie-down roping, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping and women's barrel racing.
       The rodeo will start at 7:30 p.m. nightly, except the final day, July 16, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tickets run from $9.75 to $26.75 for adults (with $2 grandstand discounts for children and military) and are available at Norris-Penrose and various area ticket outlets.
       Special events each night will be wild horse racing - which will begin the show - wild cow milking and chuck wagon racing.
       Less mobile chuck wagons will be used for a new activity this year - the “Authentic Chuck Wagon Cookoff.” This is a free activity at the stadium Saturday afternoon, July 15, in which the public is welcome to watch cooks from a national association using old-fashioned wagons and cooking materials to make meals in the style of past cowboy days, according to Norris-Penrose Manager Bill Miller. Judges will determine the winners. No food will be available for the public, however. The best time to watch is probably going to be about 3 p.m., he said.
       There will also be a carnival in the parking lot every day of the rodeo, starting at 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 12 through Saturday and noon on Sunday, July 16.
       This will be the second year that the rodeo has returned to Penrose Stadium, and the first year using the facility's new $2 million entry facility.
       Pikes Peak or Bust is again designated this year as a tour rodeo by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), with points counting toward the national standings. After-cost proceeds from the rodeo go to a charity for military wives, sponsored by the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation.
       Additional information is available at www.coloradospringsrodeo.com.

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