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Kick the city off your shoes at "the best little rodeo in Colorado." The High Country Stampede Rodeo Series is a summer Saturday night classic, returning to the Fraser Valley for the 25th straight season.

This year's rodeo series does its rootin'-tootin' thing Saturdays from July 7 through August 25. Western barbecues offer their distinct flavors and aromas to round out evenings of family adventure entertainment.

Bronco Bustin' & Bull Riding
Local and regional cowboys and cowgirls engage in no-holds-barred bronco bustin', bull riding, and other rip roarin' events in hopes of winning their share of a lucrative cash purse. Even the young wranglers get super competitive in the Junior Rodeo that kicks off at 5:30 p.m. These future rodeo stars engage in some of the same events as their seasoned counterparts, including calf roping, barrel racing, pole bending, and mutton-bustin'.

Then, at 7:30 p.m., the big guys and gals blast into the arena and give a good old-fashioned western show without equal. Watching these skilled riders on their well-trained horses turns the rodeos breakaway events into almost an art form. Calf roping, team roping, barrel racing and pole bending originated from training horses.

Colorful Clowns
The spectacle of saddle bronco riding comes in a close second to bull riding, the crowd-pleasing highlight of each rodeo. Imagine seeing a one-ton Brahma bull, horns a full five feet apart, charging into the arena, trying to rid himself of the rider on his back. A cowboy has to stay on the bull for what seems like an eternity--eight grueling seconds. During this time, he holds on to a rope on the bull with one hand, without touching the bull or his own body with his free hand. He's scored on his performance if he can last the full eight seconds.

Every rodeo has its share of colorful clowns, but theirs is an important job, in addition to entertaining spectators. During bull riding events, it's the job of the clowns to distract the bull if its rider has been thrown. Thanks to the quick and clever antics of rodeo clowns, many a cowboy's life and limbs have been saved.Because this may be the first time many visitors have attended a rodeo, the evening's announcer explains how each event is scored to increase the enjoyment and understanding for first timers.

The High Country Stampede Rodeos are presented in the John Work Arena, one mile west of Fraser. The all-weather arena features a permanent cover over its seating area; so more than 1,000 spectators are comfortable during each week's rodeo.

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