Estes Park’s very own Rooftop Rodeo is where the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains and the All-American sport of Rodeo come together. Located at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park, the rodeo is a show you don’t want to miss.
Rodeo week officially began on Tuesday, July 10 with the annual Rooftop Rodeo Parade in downtown Estes Park. The 2012 parade theme was “Color our Rodeo – Red, White & Blue.” Bands, horseback riders, floats, horse hitches, clowns, unique automobiles, rodeo royalty and the Hot Pink Stick Horse Brigade all brought a distinctively western flavor to Estes Park as the colorful entourage made its way along Elkhorn Avenue and then on to the fairgrounds. It was a wonderful parade and a colorful start to a fun-filled rodeo week.
Now it’s time to get your tickets to enjoy the Rooftop Rodeo where six different Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) events and Women’s professional barrel racing perform every night. Each one featuring some of America’s best cowboys and cowgirls. Bareback bronc riding, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing and the ever-popular bull riding are the standard-fare rodeo events. For the youngest cowboys and cowgirls, the Rooftop Rodeo also features a crowd-pleasing mutton bustin competition at every rodeo performance and on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, a calf scramble for cowpokes 8-12 years of age.
Voted PRCA’s “Best Small Rodeo of the Year” for many years, The Rooftop Rodeo is known for its small town western hospitality and family-friendly atmosphere.
Tickets for each evening’s performance are available at the fairgrounds ticket office or at rooftoprodeo.com. Also available are tickets for the ever popular “Behind the Chutes Tour.”
Remaining shows for the rodeo are Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m., the midway opens at 5:30 with great food, Western merchandise, pony rides and more. Let’s Rodeo!
All photos by Kris Hazelton Tuesday, July 10, 2012, and video on estesparknews.com by Gary Hazelton