Carbondale Wild West Rodeo returns on June 7 |

Carbondale Wild West Rodeo returns on June 7

The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo has released its series schedule for this summer. The rodeo will return to Carbondale for its 10th season on Thursday, June 7, for a 12-week series that runs until Aug. 23.

The popular rodeo series, which is held at Gus Darien Riding Arena, is produced by a not-for-profit, volunteer association with an aim to keep the Roaring Fork Valley’s western heritage alive.

“We are a small-town rodeo with big time fun for everyone” said Mike Kennedy, the association’s president. “We hope to see everyone there. It’s the place to be on Thursday night.”

On June 1, in partnership with the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce, there will be a First Friday celebration of the rodeo’s return to Carbondale.

Entertainment, including a mechanical bull, wagon rides, Doc Holliday and Kid Curry impersonators, roping lessons and a bounce house are among the attractions planned.

A mystery judge will be wandering about the downtown area from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with free rodeo tickets to award to those donning the best Western attire (best hat and best dressed).

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the rodeo series. Contact Dave Weimer at (970) 618-6824 or Mike Kennedy at (970) 379-3907.

The 2012 rodeo royalty will be featured in the grand entry again this year, which is at 7:30 p.m.

Emily Clinco is this year’s queen. Mackenzie Small, Maxine Harris and Tori Davis are the queen attendants.

For the sixth year in a row, a celebration for breast cancer survivors will be held on July 19 called “The Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo.” It is a joint effort with Valley View Hospital Foundation, and the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo will donate a portion of the gate proceeds of the “pink rodeo” to the Valley View Foundation. Free admission will be offered to all breast cancer survivors.

The always-popular Hawaiian night will be Aug. 16, and cowhide races and rescue races will alternate throughout the year starting with cowhide races on June 7.

Discount admission tickets are available for sale at the Carbondale co-op. Each advance purchase ticket is also a coupon for a 20 percent discount on tack, boots and apparel at the co-op.

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