Plenty of rough stock action slated |

Plenty of rough stock action slated

Three truckloads of crushing hooves, sharp horns and pent up fury and roll into town today.

And that rage will become magnified when a cowboy is added to the mix of disgruntled bulls at the 106th Strawberry Days Rodeo set to start tonight at the Glenwood Rodeo Grounds next to the Glenwood Springs Airport.

“We have several people who were at the state finals last year,” said Leslie Torres, an organizer for the event. “We always have a real good (competitor) turnout, and a larger number than ever are registered for the rough stock, so that should be really good.”

Torres expects around 40 bull riders to compete at the two-day Colorado Professional Rodeo Association-sanctioned event that features the full slate of rodeo disciplines – saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, mixed team roping, breakaway roping, calf roping bareback riding and barrel racing.

And for kids who want to compete, there’s the mutton busting competition and catch-a-calf on both nights. The mutton busting is open to kids under 7 years old and less than 55 pounds and starts a 4 p.m. today and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Only 30 kids can compete per night, so preregistration is suggested. Registration is available at the KMTS studio located in the Roaring Fork Marketplace next to Wells Fargo Bank.

The catch-a-calf event was added this year and is open to kids 8-12 years old. Both the catch-a calf and mutton busting cost $10 to register and trophies and prizes will be awarded in both events.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Torres said. “We’ve really worked the last couple of years to tailor it to a family event. We’ve added some children’s events and added the mascot. Overall, it’s just a good family time.”

The competitive rodeo begins at 6 p.m. on both nights and the bull riding will be the first and last events on the schedule. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and kids under 12.

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