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The annual Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo is back Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. The rodeo grounds in Buena Vista will see cowboys and cowgirls coming from all over the west including South Dakota, Utah and New Mexico. This will be the Stampede Rodeo’s 98th consecutive year of operation.

Whether you’re a seasoned rancher, rider and roper, or just looking to watch some bronco-buckin’ action, the Stampede Rodeo welcomes all.

“We’re trying to continue on with our Western Heritage,” said Jan Johnson, treasurer of the Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo Board. “We want to keep the area involved.”

A child participates in the Mutton Bustin’ event at the Stampede Rodeo. Photo courtesy of Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo.

Johnson highlights the Kids’ Mutton Bustin’ event (where children ride sheep) as a fun, family-friendly show.

“We always have lots of participants for that,” said Johnson. “We also have lots of bull riders this year. We are very excited about that.”

Registration times for the Mutton Bustin’ event are Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12 noon. There is a $10 entry fee for children wishing to participate. Children must be under 50 lbs. to participate.

Rodeo festivities aren’t limited to Saturday and Sunday. The community-favorite Rodeo Dance is slated for Friday, June 7 at 8 p.m. The dance will take place at VFW Post 1166 located at 27318 CR 314 just north of Johnson Village. There is a $10 charge to attend. Children six years old and younger are free.

Cowboys and Cowgirls come from all over the West to participate. Photo courtesy of Collegiate Peaks Stampede Rodeo.

Local nonprofit mentorship program 51:10 Youth Ranch will be selling food to dancers to raise money for its programming. The menu includes pulled pork, sloppy joes, chips, desserts and drinks.

For those looking to engage in some mountain-made nightlife, The Lariat in Buena Vista (206 E Main St.) is holding concerts on Friday and Saturday night. The Mark Lavengood Band plays Friday night at 9:30 p.m.

Local alternative rock band and fan-favorite, Leadville Cherokee, takes the Lariat stage Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. There is a $10 cover charge.