Flashy Weekend Ahead

Monte Vista’s big extravaganza is this weekend — Ski (sky) Hi Stampede which includes Colorado’s oldest pro-rodeo. I don’t think I’ll be partaking this year even though I love the rodeo. It’s a handful of pro-rodeo cowboys (more pro-rodeo cowboys pay the entry fee than actually show up) and a slew of amateurs. Some people regard rodeo as man vs. farm animal, but I don’t see it that way. Anyway, even from that perspective, at the Stampede rodeo, the animals win.

My favorite event is the calf-roping. I love watching the horses work, and sometimes they seem smarter than the cowboys they’re working with. To learn more about this wonderful event, you can read about it here, a post from yesteryear, Ski Hi Stampede Rodeo. Yesterday, I had to take Bear to the vet and saw a sign, “Closed Saturday for the Stampede Rodeo” and it occurred to me that they would be working. I don’t know why it never occurred to me but someone needs to be on hand for injured animals.

In the last few weeks various school bands have been practicing marching and playing at the same time and learning the route. I love that. Since I am a block away from the end of the parade AND two blocks from the high school, I get to enjoy all of that. The extravaganza includes a parade, rodeo, concert, dance and carnival. The carnival is the old-school carnival with the short scary rides and the scary-to-8-year-olds haunted house.

The story around here is that summer in Monte Vista lasts one day — July 27th (or whatever day Stampede lands on). That would mean every small town in the San Luis Valley gets its day of summer on the day of its big summer “do” because each town has its day. Saguache has its Hollyhock Festival at the same time as our Stampede so there is sometimes a little serendipity in the concurrence of summer in two towns at once.

P.S. The photo is a trick rider on two horses about to jump over fire.


7 thoughts on “Flashy Weekend Ahead

  1. That looks an exciting weekend. We don’t have anything like that over here, but it looks like a grand show. 🙂

  2. I enjoy local rodeos and attend every chance I get. It is usually get fun and filled with photo ops.

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