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Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo to light up the Montezuma County Fairgrounds

The Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo will be returning to the Montezuma County Fairgrounds. (Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo)
The rodeo will once again promise exciting events for the whole family

Starting June 6, the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Ute Mountain Roundup Rodeo will again light up the Montezuma County Fairgrounds skyline.

This year’s rodeo will take place at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds from Thursday, June 6 to Saturday, June 8. Thursday will be first responder’s night as well as family night. Children’s tickets to the rodeo will be $17 per ticket, rather than $22 for Friday and Saturday.

Adult tickets are $27 for attendees age 13 and over. Children 3 years old and under can attend for free if they sit on a parent’s lap.

Friday night will honor western heritage, specifically Bob Banks, for whom the arena is named, and Saturday will honor the military, putting a special spotlight on Vietnam veterans Tuffy Randolph and Jerry Huskey, as well as Korean War veteran Jerry Goodall.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the rodeo will start at 7 p.m.

Rodeo board member Marti Spitzer told The Journal that this year, a sky diver will kick off the events each night by coming into the arena holding a 1,200 sq. foot flag.

As per usual, all the well loved rodeo events such as bull riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing and more will be held, as well as children rodeo events.

Each night, 10 children will be able to compete to win the mutton bustin’ competition. Those who wish to compete will be required to register on Friday, May 24 at IFA at 5 p.m.

The child to be registered to compete must be present, and a fee of $20 is required. Children will be signed up to compete on a first come, first served basis.

Children can also compete at the nightly stick horse races, and the sign up will take place before the rodeo each night.

On Friday, the annual Rob Yates Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Conquistador Golf Course. Registration will be held the morning of the golf tournament at 7 a.m.

Following the rodeo events each night, there will be a nightly rodeo after party with “family friendly” music from local bands Ghost Dance (performing on June 6), Ken Earl (June 7) and Wiley Kirks and The Camino Cowboys (June 8).

Adults will have access to the Blondie’s tent for alcoholic beverages during the after-rodeo concert, as well as during the rodeo.

Food and shopping vendors will also be available inside the rodeo area.

The Frazier Shows Carnival will be present each evening for before and after rodeo fun, beginning a day earlier than the rodeo on Wednesday, June 5.

Those who wish to save time the night of the rodeo can purchase their tickets in advance online at https://utemountain.saffire.com/tickets. Carnival tickets can be purchased at the carnival entrance.