It’s rodeo time! |

It’s rodeo time!

Phil SandovalPost Independent Staff
Submitted photo A rodeo participant tries to rope a calf during the roping competition at a past Strawberry Days rodeo.

The Strawberry Days Rodeo: It’s tradition. It’s thrilling. It’s tantalizing. And it’s an event you’ve got to be at this weekend.Starting Friday, the 108th edition storms its way to the Glenwood Rodeo Grounds, located next to the Airport on County Road 116, for two days of roping, wrestling and riding action.Competition is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. both evenings. Profits benefit the Garfield County 4-H Horse Judging Team, the Glenwood Glens 4-H Club and the Fellowship of Volunteer Christian Cowboys.Tickets each night are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under 12.

According to event organizers, the Strawberry Days Rodeo is the second oldest contest of its type in Colorado. The event has a favorable reputation among pros statewide.For the last two years, the Strawberry Days Rodeo was voted as the state’s “Best Medium Purse” Rodeo in 2003 and 2004 by the CPRA. Medium-purse rodeos, according to the association, offer less than $1,000 prize money per event.According to Smokey Torres, one of the rodeo’s event coordinators, there are 338 registered competitors as of Wednesday.The area is well represented in all divisions, but most local cowboys and cowgirls, Torres said, opt to register at the last minute for a particular day and event.

But this rodeo’s not just for pros.Kids also have an opportunity to mix up it on the arena floor in two events.There’s a Mutton Busting competition for children 7 and younger, who weigh 55 pounds or less.Entry fee is $10. Registrations are required and is limited to 30 competitors nightly. Early registrations can be made at the KMTS-FM radio station offices at 3230 S. Glen Ave., or at the rodeo grounds.

Competitors must supply their own helmet. Bike helmets can be worn.Preliminary rounds are 4 p.m. Friday and 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The top 10 scorers advance to that evening’s finals.The equally popular Catch-A-Calf event is open to children, age 12 and younger.Competition is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. both nights. Entry fee is $10. Registrations are available at KMTS before Friday, then at the rodeo grounds on the day of the event.In addition a drawing for a buffalo head mount will be held nightly. Proceeds from ticket sales go toward the CPRA/Ron Fritzland Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awards college scholarships.

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