|It’s the biggest weekend of the year and that must mean it is finally time for the 71st annual Westcliffe Stampede Rodeo. Dust off those boots, find your best cowboy hat, and head out to the Rodeo grounds located just north of town.
The 2017 Grand Marshal of the Rodeo is Robin Schwarz riding her Palomino horse, “Rooster Cogburn.” Schwarz is a former Secretary of the Saddle Club and organizer of the Stampede Rodeo Kids Events.
The Rodeo is dedicated posthumously to JD Teague and Pam Koons.
Friday July 14
The weekend excitement begins with Ranch Rodeo Calcutta with the rodeo starting at 6 p.m. This is a locals chance to play cowboy with Wild Cow Milking, Calf Branding, Team Penning, and Trailer Loading events. Big bragging rights and big cash payouts are the rewards for displays of ranch skill. Tickets are $10.00
Saturday July 15
Rotary Pancake Breakfast 7 a.m.
The Custer County Rotary Club will hold its annual Pancake Breakfast fundraiser starting at 7 a.m., located at the Custer County School Parking lot. All funds go to scholarships for local students.
Rodeo Parade 10 a.m.
Saturday is the main event with the rodeo parade down Main Street starting promptly at 10 a.m. Hundreds of people on horseback and floats will thrill a large audience through town. The parade route runs from the staging area at the Silver Cliff Dome parking lot and ends at the Bluff Park.
1 p.m. Rodeo
The Historic Stampede Rodeo kicks-off with the Saturday Matinee starting at 1 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for those under age 18 and military members.
6 p.m. Rodeo and Dance
Saturday night marks the Rodeo plus the extremely popular dance with the band Atomic Fireball rocking the Saddle Club building at 8 p.m. til the cows come home. Tickets for the Rodeo are $8 for adults and $4 for those under age 18 and military members. Tickets for the dance are $10 for singles and $15 for couples.
Sunday July 16, 3 p.m.
Sunday wraps up the festivities with a Rodeo at 3 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for those under age 18 and military members.
Locals can purchase tickets ahead of the big weekend and save a buck at five local retailers: The Liquor Cabinet, Antlers Liquor and Motel, Silver Cliff Mountain Inn, The Salty Pine, and Candy’s Coffee.