12th Jun, 2009

Elizabeth Stampede – Elbert County Fun!

Elizabeth Stampede

Elizabeth Stampede

Cindy and I took a break from Denver, Douglas and Elbert County Real Estate and again attended the Elizabeth Stampede with our grandchildren in Elizabeth, Colorado.  I must say “WOW” that was a great weekend of food, music, weather, meeting friends and of course great rodeos filled our first weekend in June. We did have a chance this year to attend the opening night of the Professional Bull Riders event on June 5th, and throughout the rest of the weekend we had our share of rodeos and cowboys. This year we invited our grandkids as they are now at the age to appreciate Old Western activities. I enjoyed it when my Dad took me to the rodeo and circus, so I knew my family would enjoy the Stampede, AND they did.

We started Saturday off with the parade followed by Elizabash. I was surprised at how long the parade actually lasted over and hour at least. As my grandkids gathered handfuls of candy, I marveled at the royalty girls and their horses. People from all over Denver, Castle Rock, Parker and Franktown were there to enjoy the parade as well.

Elizabash was definitely more than I expected. Booths lined Main Street as well as food vendors, petting zoos, merchants and yes a Real Estate Booth. My wife Cindy is a sucker for unique shops like chickadees and the antique shop, took her time exploring the items on display as I chowed down on a turkey leg and beer. While strolling down Main Street, I noticed the family atmosphere the Elizabash brought to the community of Elizabeth. Some kids are slurping on free snow cones as other kids are petting baby sheep and goats in the petting zoo, all with huge smiles on their faces. There is no place like Colorado!

I again chowed down on another turkey leg and my second beer. I knew then I wanted to be a Bull Rider. So, next on our agenda was the afternoon Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event. My six year old grandson knew the rodeo was where the real fun began. When those cowboys rode the bulls in the PRCA rodeo on Saturday he could barely sit still in his seat. He also knew at that time he wanted to be a Bull Rider too. His Mother wishing he would forget that dream and switch to Mutton Bustin asked me to get that idea out of his head and go get another turkey leg and beer.

I am not what one you would call a cowboy, but as my time in Elizabeth continues I cannot help but daydream about being a real cowboy, wearing the hat and the boots, hopping on my horse and riding off into the beautiful sunset in Douglas and Elbert County. This year the Elizabeth Stampede was a blast and the best part was enjoying it with my family. Not only did we attend a great rodeo, but we also enjoyed a fun community event, rock & roll band, dancing, and oh yes Turkey Legs and Beer.

Bob Speaker

 

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