A fun local tradition that has been part of the Surface Creek Valley community now in its 59th year is coming to the Surface Creek Saddle Club arena this week end.
The 59th Western Slope Little Britches rodeo stands as a tribute to this area's dedication to family, to preserving a living heritage of the American West, and to youth.
There will be youth rodeo action on Saturday, May 20, with two performances: one at 11 a.m. and another at 6 p.m.
On Sunday, there will be a 9 a.m. performance with awards presentations immediately following its conclusion.
The Western Slope Little Britches rodeo is organized and staged by the local Festival Committee. An official of the committee said there won't be any high school seniors competing in this year's events, so none of the young cowboys or cowgirls will have to worry about a quick change into tasselled caps and satin gowns for the Cedaredge High School graduation which begins at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The rodeo athletes compete in many traditional rodeo events including roping, barrel racing, and on some occasions entrants participate in bronc and bull riding events.
According to the Cedaredge Area Chamber of Commerce website, the National Little Britches Rodeo has grown from a single, annual event back in 1952 to more than 150 rodeos held in 26 states throughout the country. "Though maybe not the first, but for almost 60 years, Cedaredge is proud of hosting the longest running Little Britches Rodeo in the world," states the chamber's website.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.