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The 77th annual Eagle County Fair & Rodeo has activities and entertainment for all ages

Taylor Prather, Communications Specialist, 970-328-8601, taylor.prather@eaglecounty.us 

July 13, 2016 – The Eagle County Fair & Rodeo celebrates its 77th year of preserving western heritage July 20 - 23 at the Eagle County Fairgrounds. Visitors will enjoy 4-H shows, carnival rides, exhibits and contests, as well as the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo, Junior Livestock Auction and Country Showdown. 

“Our rodeo one of the very few county rodeos that has a superior quality of cowboys and stock in part due our location off of I-70,” said fair & rodeo councilmember Ern Mooney.  “You’ll see world-champion cowboys and buckin’ horses as pro-rodeo contestants make their way to and from the world-renowned Cheyenne Frontier Days, happening the same week as Eagle County Fair & Rodeo.”

It all begins Wednesday, July 20 with Lil’ Buckaroo Night featuring $1 rodeo tickets for kids 4-12. Visitors are encouraged to bring their families down early to view Open Class exhibits beginning at 2 p.m., enjoy carnival rides starting at 3 p.m. and to sign up for mutton bustin’. In addition, there are a number of free daytime activities such as educational presentations, face painting, kid’s crafts and more. 

Just before the rodeo kicks off on July 20 and 21, local performers will take the stage as Country Showdown returns for its sixth year. The top contestants from Wednesday evening will be invited back on Thursday in hopes of advancing to the state finals. 

On July 22 and 23, the popular local artist expo returns to the festival grounds and will feature hand-crafted works of art and demonstrations from 4:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. 

In addition to all of the activities and entertainment, the “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” tradition continues on Friday, July 22 with a portion of proceeds from rodeo ticket sales benefitting the Shaw Regional Cancer Center. All attendees are encouraged to wear pink and those in the grandstands will have the exciting opportunity to further support Shaw with a live auction during the rodeo.

The fair and rodeo wraps up July 23 with a patriotic theme and special recognition of local veterans. Visitors and locals are encouraged to participate in the annual 4-H Junior Livestock Auction earlier in the day where 4-Hers show their animals to be auctioned off to earn money for future projects or education. The auction kicks off at noon on Saturday with a buyer’s luncheon followed by the auction at 1:30 p.m.

The PRCA-sanctioned rodeo begins at 7 p.m. nightly, and will feature approximately 30 national finals rodeo competitors including world-champion bareback riders, barrel racers and bull riders. The 4-H Freedom Riders will kick off the rodeo each night, followed by rodeo events and a new specialty act, the Daredevil Darlings trick riders. Join top Texas swing band, Mark Powell & Lariat on Friday and Saturday night following the rodeo for a free live concert and dirt dance.

Rodeo tickets can be purchased online or at the gate beginning at 5 p.m. each night. Free parking is available west of the fairgrounds, with free shuttle transportation available to the rodeo grounds. 

For a complete schedule of events and to purchase rodeo tickets online, visit www.eaglecountyfairandrodeo.com