Garfield County puts $20K into bid for High School Rodeo Finals |

Garfield County puts $20K into bid for High School Rodeo Finals

Action from the Colorado High School Rodeo Finals in 2015.
Craig Press |

The Garfield County Fairgrounds is moving forward with its bid to host the 2018 and 2019 High School Rodeo Finals, and on Monday the Garfield County commissioners guaranteed that the fairgrounds would at least have financial support from the county.

They agreed to guarantee $20,000 for the bid, though commissioners said they would like to see Fairgrounds Manager Debra Adams seek sponsorships from the community.

“I move that we send bid package for Colorado High School Rodeo Finals for two years, 2018 and 2019, with a $20,000 sponsorship contribution,” said Commissioner Tom Jankovsky. “We will commit $20,000. However, I want the city of Rifle to contribute.”

“We will be the backbone,” he told Adams, “but I’d like you to look into sponsorship opportunities.”

While the initial request was at a minimum of $16,000, Adams believes that Garfield County will need closer to $20,000 to “sweeten the deal.”

Lamar, the host city for the high school rodeo this year and last, spent around $16,000 for the past two years, but as Adams explained, it’s a competition.

“We are competing with Mesa County, I believe Jefferson County and I’m not positive about Montrose yet, but we are competing with other venues for this award,” she said.

Next year’s event could see hundreds of competitors and their families head to Rifle during Memorial Day weekend, which would bring all kinds of business into town.

Adams anticipates that sponsorships will bring back some money for the county, something that Jankovsky and the other commissioners would like to see Adams pursue.

Attached with the bid update were letters from the city of Rifle and the Rifle Chamber, showing their support for the fairgrounds’ bid. Rifle agrees to support the bid with a recommendation to its board for $2,000 to $4,000 per year should the fairgrounds be awarded the bid.

The bid package needs to be submitted by Aug. 1, according to Adams.

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