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Rodeo, swimming highlight weekend

Beware of surly stock and feisty Barracudas this weekend.A pair of long-running annual events are back for another year as the 107th Strawberry Days Rodeo and the 33rd annual Sopris Barracuda Invitational swim meet both start today.Strawberry Days RodeoThe Strawberry Days Rodeo takes place at the Rodeo Grounds next to the Glenwood Springs Airport and starts at 6 p.m. tonight and Saturday.The rough stock events are always a crowd favorite and fans should get their fill with bull riding, saddle bronc and bareback. For those who enjoy the events in which the cowboy or cowgirl has a bit more control over their mount, there is team roping, barrel racing, calf roping, steer wrestling and ladies breakaway.The rodeo is a Colorado Pro Rodeo-sanctioned event with cowboys and cowgirls vying for points and a spot in the regional finals in September.And, of course, for the up-and-coming cowpokes the rodeo will have mutton busting and catch-a-calf competitions. Mutton busting is open to kids 7-and-under who weigh less than 55 pounds. Preliminary rounds start at 4 p.m. today and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday with theWeekend: see page A25 10 “busters” who hang on the longest advancing to the finals at 6 p.m. each night. The entry fee is $10 and the event is limited to 30 kids per night. Prerace registration forms are available at the KMTS-FM radio station office located at 3230 S. Glen Ave. Competitors must supply their own helmets.Daily admission to the rodeo is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors and children under 12. A shuttle service is offered, departing from Sunlight Ski & Bike Shop at 5:30 p.m. both nights, with return trips at 8:30 p.m. and at the conclusion of the rodeo.Sopris Barracuda Invitational swim meetMore than 300 swimmers descend on Carbondale and the John Fleet Municipal pool today for the three-day Sopris Barracuda Invitational.The event, one of the biggest club swim meets on the Western Slope, includes 15 teams with swimmers ranging in age from 8-18 and begins at 6 p.m. tonight. Action starts at 8 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.The Barracudas will raise funds at the meet by selling gift baskets, gift certificates and swimming merchandise. The Carbondale Lions Club will also hold a pancake breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.The Barracudas will raise funds at the meet by selling gift baskets, gift certificates and swimming merchandise. The Carbondale Lions Club will also hold a pancake breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.


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