Mark your calendar: Rifle events ‘17
Here’s a schedule of Rifle events planned in 2017.
Rifle Rendezvous, May 19-21
Rifle Rendezvous has been going for over 20 years. The festival ties the heritage of the area with all sorts of family fun. Events include a carnival, bull riding competition, car show, dancing and live music, and many, many activities in between. Last year the car show took place on a closed block of Third Street that included live music. Some folks were literally dancing in the street.
Lots of details are still in the works, but luckily there’s a website for that: riflerendezvous.org.
Garfield County Fair,
July 31 though August 6
The Garfield County Fair is a week of classic Western entertainment you’d expect out of a city called Rifle. This year’s theme is Stars, Stripes, and Fair Delights. The main attractions of the fair are scheduled as follows:
Monday — Family Rodeo
Tuesday — Youth Rodeo
Wednesday — PRCA Xtreme Bulls
Thursday — PRCA ProRodeo
Friday — Concert, headlined by Scotty McCreery!
Saturday — Parade, Summer of Thunder Car Show, and Demolition Derby
Sunday — Motor Sport Show
Visit garfieldcountyfair.com for more.
Western Adventure Weekend,
The name of this event, which held its inaugural last year, might require a little explanation. Rifle is poised at an interesting juncture. It’s not alpine, and not exactly desert, not old-time West nor fully modern, and folks like sports and arts and all types of culture. Rifle is the kind of place that allows a person to truly embrace the things that interest them without the fear of not fitting in.
This is the background behind the concept of Western Adventure Weekend. Main features in the fall are expected to be a block party on a shut-down street in the downtown, a craft/art fair, a major concert, a bike race, an all-sports swap meet, a gun show and many other smaller events. All these elements add up to help define the way of life in Rifle.
Hometown Holiday, December 1-3
This weekend celebration centers on everything we love in the last month of the year. Last year included an amazing race, scavenger hunt, craft fair, Santa for the kids, the Parade of Lights, sleigh rides, bonfire, a screening of the Polar Express and plenty of other side activities. All activities are free to attend. Hometown Holiday is the embodiment of community spirit and togetherness. More information will be available later in the year.
So mark your calendars, save your pennies, and get excited about the end of winter. There’s a lot of fun to be had in Rifle.
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