70th Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo July 14-17
Up to 500 competitors are expected again this year for the 70th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Wednesday through Saturday, July 14-17 in the Penrose Stadium
at the Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road.
The cowboys (and cowgirls in one event) will be vying for parts of a total purse of $91,000, according to Bill Miller, Norris-Penrose general manager.
There will be five performances in all - an evening show each day starting at 7:30 p.m., plus a 1:30 p.m. matinee July 17. The event is run by the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation, which donates proceeds to charities benefiting military personnel and their families.
Pikes Peak or Bust is part of the professional rodeo tour. Competition will be in steer wrestling, bareback bronc riding, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, women's barrel racing and bull riding.
The event differs somewhat from the Ride for the Brand Championship Ranch Rodeo, a part of the Working Ranch Cowboys Association rodeo series, which was held July 3 at Norris-Penrose. That event, started in 2003 and run by the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation since 2009, attracted about 2,800 spectators, Miller said. Haythorn Land and Cattle gained the top score among the 12 teams and thus qualified for the WRCA finals in November in Amarillo, Texas. The event went off “without a hitch,” and is expected to be back again next year, Miller said.
About an hour before and up until the start of each Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo show, there are a variety of activities outside the stadium, including “gunfights,” roping lessons, gold panning, Mutton Bustin' (a chance for children to ride on a running sheep at $10 a try), a mechanical bull and autograph opportunities with rodeo queens. Chuckwagon meals - prepared by teams competing in a cook-off - can be purchased for $10 July 17 after 4 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $10 to $25, with discounts for children and military. The “slack” competion in timed events can be watched for free July 14-16, from 8 a.m. to about 11 a.m.
The Atomic Fireballs band will play after the rodeo each night in the Event Center's Coors Roadhouse Saloon.
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