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Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo highlights Fourth of July holiday

This year marks the 62nd Anniversary of the Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo.

Cowboys and cowgirls from various states will compete for prizes and prize money in this sanctioned rodeo series. The rodeos are Saturday and Sunday, July 2 and 3, at 6 p.m. and Monday, July 4, at 2 p.m. at the Western Heritage Event Center arena and grounds.

Traditional rodeo events are presented with a variety of exhibition events to make a varied and entertaining American rodeo experience. Each performance begins with an impressive grand entry with flags waving from westerners on horseback. The specialty act will be a ranch bronc riding performance each day.

The reigning Queen, Kelsey Lucero, and Princess Morgan Schaaf will preside over the festivities and will participate in the announcement and crowning of the 2011 Queen and Princess. The new contestants will be practicing, preparing and competing during the month of June to obtain next year’s title.

The Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo has joined the “Are You Tough Enough to Wear Pink?” national campaign to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research. Spectators and participants are invited to the TETWP Rodeo on Sunday and are strongly encouraged to wear pink. A donation to the Tough Enough To Wear Pink fund-raiser for breast cancer research and awareness?will be made for each fan wearing pink.? The proceeds from the sale of pink bandanas, jelly bracelets or embroidered ribbon logos plus the donations collected throughout the rodeo will be donated to the national cause.

Cowpokes, 6 years old or younger, will test their strength and stamina by riding a sheep as long as they can hold on, in the Mutton Bustin’ event. This contest is held daily with 10 new contestants each leaving the arena with a special trophy, and the overall winner receiving the authentic wrangler belt buckle.

Tickets are available at Goodman’s Department Store and at the gate prior to the event. The cost is $10 per adult and $6 for children 12 and under. A limited number of box seats are available and can be purchased by calling 264-5000. A variety of concessions are available throughout the events.

Sponsors for this rodeo series include Pagosa Land Company, The 2R/ Ranch — Jack and Claudia Rosenbaum, Devo Capital Management, Robert D. Lindner Ranches, Rio Grande Savings and Loan, Scott Strategic Investments, Parelli Natural Horsemanship, Devine Designs International, First Southwest Bank, Grand Junction Pipe & Supply, Custom Homes by Vernon Leslie, the Junction Restaurant/Wolf Creek Gifts, Ponderosa Lumber Company, Budweiser, Silver Dollar Liquors and Pagosa Bar, A&M Construction and Excavation, The Pagosa Springs SUN and Fred Harman Art Museum.

This traditional American rodeo is a must-see event. More rodeo information is available by calling 264-2730.

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