In this day and age it seems there is a lot of focus on where a community is going, and much less focus on remembering where it has been. In Snowmass Village this is not the case. While the town has spent a large part of 2012 looking at ways to update and renovate for residents and visitors, it has kept its feet firmly planted in its heritage. The Snowmass Rodeo is just one example of this community’s commitment to its roots.
Settled originally by miners, Snowmass Village flourished under the hands of ranchers and farmers in the 1800’s and 1900’s. Every Wednesday night from June 13th through August 15th, (except for Fourth of July, which will be held on Friday, July 6th) the Snowmass Rodeo is a tribute to those ranchers and farmers who built up the land, and settled the area. It is also a great way to get outside in the warm summer evenings to enjoy friends, neighbors and visitors and to have a rootin’ tootin’ good time.
Traditional rodeo events like Bareback Riding, Barrel Racing, Saddle Bronc Riding and Bull Riding keep the audience on the edge of their seats! The Entry Parade and Ribbon Roping highlight the showmanship of these individuals. Of course the clowns often steal the show. These brave souls entertain the audience, assist the riders and keep the show moving and the audience engaged.
The Snowmass Rodeo also reaches out to the future cowboys and girls in the audience by allowing them an opportunity to participate in their own events. The Calf Scramble allows the kids to get in and pull ribbons off of calves with the chance of winning a prize. Mutton Bustin’ is just the thing for those kids who love the bull riding. Children between the ages of five and seven can test their strength and tenacity on the back of a fluffy sheep. Winners of the Mutton Bustin’ competition are entitled to a free t-shirt with their picture on it from the vendors after the show.
Before and after the rodeo vendors will sell authentic Western Wear, and Snowmass Rodeo souvenirs for all ages. For those who come early pre-rodeo events for the kids will get the fun started. Free events such as a ‘bucking’ bull riding, petting zoo and roping lessons will begin at 5p.m. Activities such as mechanical bull riding, a bouncy house and pony rides are available for a small fee. Meanwhile the Hickory House will be serving up traditional BBQ to fill up little cowpokes, and all of the cowboys and cowgirls before and after the show.
To wrap up the perfect Western Evening, a Campfire Sing-along with Twirp Anderson will take place immediately following the rodeo, complete with roasted marshmallows and starry skies.
Embrace the rich past of the Old West with Snowmass Rodeo this summer, and then find the perfect home on the very lands the original Snowmass Village and Aspen ranchers and farmers settled, tamed and made what we know and love today. Click here to see new property listings with Greg Rulon and Joshua & Co. now.