Little Britches Rodeo action is coming to Cedaredge this weekend. Main Street construction has been put on hold for the weekend events so the downtown and Town Park venues will be wide open for Cedaredge's annual mid-summer Western festival.
Local organizers of the young people's rodeo event working as the Surface Creek Festival Committee, a group that works with the Saddle Club, proudly call this rodeo "the oldest, continuous Little Britches Rodeo in the country."
In addition to the rodeo action taking place at the Surface Creek Saddle Club Arena east of town, the whole community will get involved in the annual festivities with a parade, activities in Town Park, and a community dance.
The Surface Creek Valley Lions Club is a promoter and key participant in the weekend activities. Lion Bill Miller reminds everyone that they are invited to attend the annual noontime parade on Saturday.
And the club will host its traditional old-fashioned community cookout in Town Park from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The food is great and the proceeds go toward the club's many community service projects that help make Cedaredge the great place that it is to live.
The Lions cookout will serve up lunches of hot dogs for $3.50; hot dogs without sides for $3; hamburgers for $4; cheeseburgers for $4.50; a Lion Burger for $5 with potato salad and beans. Soft drink or water is available for $1.
There are usually some other community organization booths in Town Park for the event offering desserts as their own fund raising projects.
There is still time to get parade entry applications in and to get your entry in the parade. Registration forms are available at Food Town and the Cedaredge Chamber of Commerce office at 245 West Main Street in Cedaredge, Miller explains.
Parade applications may be turned in at the Chamber of Commerce office. Miller explains, "We will take applications until July 11. However, if anyone shows up at 11:30 on Saturday to be in the parade, we will let them line up. Staging starts with check-in at the Catholic church parking lot."
Construction work on Main Street has been delayed until after this weekend's events. So the parade will take its normal route: 5th Street south to Main; east to 2nd Street; and then to 2nd Avenue.
The annual Saturday night community dance is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. The original plans for Main Street construction had resulted in the chamber looking at alternative venues for the dance, which has been held downtown in past years but which was being proposed this year for the Community Center parking lot.
As Main Street construction has been delayed for the weekend, the downtown venue is still a possibility for the dance.
In any event, the party will be easy to find for everyone who wants to come and join in the fun. There will be line dancing with Ray Carpenter from 7 to 8 p.m., and dancing with Rick and Karen from 8-11 p.m. So bring your families and dance all night.
The Pondy is getting into the act and is hosting a karaoke event on Saturday evening.
And then there is the rodeo. Little Britches time in Cedaredge is when everyone has a chance to join in the spirit with true heroes of the Old West. The annual celebration of youth, cowboys, cowgirls, the outdoor life and the American West heritage gives the entire community a chance to get involved and be part of the action.
If this year's event follows the trend of past years, 50 to 100 youthful rodeo contestants and their families could be in Cedaredge this weekend.
Contestants will compete for prizes and for points that accumulate toward the finals rodeo in Pueblo where 700 rodeoers ages five to 18 will compete for national titles in non-stop rodeo action that runs July 22-27.
Little Britches rodeo contestants live in 26 different states. "The aims and purposes of the organization are directed toward the interests of western-minded youth. It is a non-profit venture to build sound, healthy minds and bodies; to develop character, self-reliance, good sportsmanship, and encouragement through competition in the great sport of rodeo," says the LBR website.
Event performances this weekend will include bull riding, steer wrestling, breakaway roping, saddle bronc riding, pole bending, bareback riding, team roping, barrel racing, girls goat tying and others.
According to the Cedaredge Chamber of Commerce, there are four different age and gender divisions for contestants, and it adds that "rodeos were born from the day-to-day working experience of our American cowboys, and competition among the cowboys led to the development of the events at present-day rodeos.
"Little Britches Rodeo is as tried and true a tradition as the sport of rodeo itself. It has grown from a single, annual event back in 1952, to more than 150 rodeos held in 26 states throughout the country. Each year, Cedaredge is proud to host the longest continuous Little Britches Rodeo in the world."blog comments powered by Disqus