Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo beats last year’s (World Arena) attendance
The return to Penrose Stadium paid off in more ways than one for the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Foundation last week.
The foundation's rodeo by the same name “went well. Attendance was up from last year (at the World Arena)” said General Manager Bill Miller of the July 13-17 event. “The cowboys liked it. It was outdoors in a big arena, and we were fortunate with the weather.”
The outdoors setting also made possible two popular activities next to the stadium - a carnival and a hospitality tent with recorded music, barbecue and cold drinks, he said.
Participation was also up this year. The 65th annual rodeo, scheduled in July for the first time, drew nearly 700 competitors, more than 100 over the previous year's total, according to Miller.
He added that the foundation is looking forward to next year's Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, when a $2 million addition at the east end of the stadium is expected to be in place. Plans have been submitted to the city for the addition, which is to include more concessions, restrooms and entertainment space.
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