Strawberry Days Rodeo wraps up with a bang |

Strawberry Days Rodeo wraps up with a bang

The Strawberry Days Rodeo has taken place for over a century. But, this year, the 105th renewal of the event couldn’t have come at a better time.

After going through one the most horrifying weeks in the town’s history due to the Coal Seam Fire, the recovering residents of Glenwood Springs hungered for some entertainment and a little laughter.

And the Rodeo’s ropers, riders and racers were ready to put on a show.

But they had to take a back seat to the bulls on Saturday night.

One bull, named Spider, spun his own personal web of mayhem.

After dumping his rider, Josh Kosher, Spider ran over to the opposite side of the Rodeo Grounds and jumped into the calves holding pen. Spider’s taciturn act forced the young animals into the arena, causing a 10-minute delay before event officials could stear the calves back into their holding area.

Once order was restored inside the arena, Pueblo’s Joe Colletti earned the rodeo’s first award. He won the calf roping contest in a time of 9.6 seconds. Dustin Raupe from Colorado Springs was second in a ride of 10.2. Jack Hadley was third and Darrel Bastion finished fourth.

All three placers in the women’s breakaway calf roping event came out of the early session on Saturday morning.

Mandy Younger won the event with a 3.3 second ride. Taya Ellerman took second in 4.1, a tenth of a second better than Allie Wilcoxson’s 4.2 third place ride.

Ryan Bossow edged Bronson Burbach for the bareback title, with Bryan Runnion in third. Dan Cathcart’s 4.3 time on Friday held up through Saturday’s steer wrestling competition for first place. Jimmy Allen and Jeremy Castle finished the event in second and third, respectively.

Jack Vargas, 6, of New Castle won the youth mutton busting contest. Zane Lundin, another New Castle six-year-old defeated Tyler Nugent of Florence in a one-run tiebreaker for second place.

Complete results of the Strawberry Days Rodeo will appear in Monday’s edition of the Glenwood Post Independent.

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