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H’ABBA good time at “Mamma Mia!”

Middle Park High School’s performance of “Mamma Mia!” opens 7 p.m. Thursday.

Additional performances are on 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Masks, distancing between parties and reservations are required at bit.ly/3se73GE.

Tickets are available at the door at $10 for adults, $5 for youth and free for East Grand students and staff.

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Photos: Granby Elementary goes for 2,021 cross-country laps

Fifth-grader Adam Verdejo rides down the hill on the cross-country ski course Thursday at Polhamus Park. Culminating with Granby Elementary’s second annual Ski-A-Thon — sponsored and organized by the Granby Elementary PTO — students concluded their three week cross-country ski unit Wednesday and Thursday. The students spent their PE class trying to circle the course enough times to reach the school-wide 2,021 lap goal.
Photos by Amy Golden / agolden@skyhinews.com
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PE Aide Sam Parker speeds across the cross-country ski course at Polhamus Park on Thursday. Peter Butrimovich and Vince Baker with the town of Granby create and maintain the course including the fun hills.

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Xia Dennis shows off her cross country skills on Thursday at Polhamus Park. Snow Mountain Ranch provided ski waxing and broken binding repairs, along with the course decor. The Raegner family also sponsored a Ski-A-Thon banner.

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Westen Hidell treks across the course on Thursday at Polhamus Park. The top skier from each grade will get to slime the PE teacher, Maggie Keller, who organizes the Nordic ski program. Granby Ranch provided authentic ski passes to track the laps of students and participants.

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Hailey Mason moves around the cross-country course on Thursday at Polhamus Park. Grand Nordic donated used skis and boots and Nordic Rocks donated the strap-on skis.

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CPRA Rodeo still a wild ride at reduced capacity (photos)

The Colorado Pro Rodeo Association Rodeo may have seen a smaller audience than most years, but riders and the crowd alike still enjoyed the show Saturday.

Hosted at the Middle Park Fairgrounds as part of the annual festivities, the sold-out rodeo had a maximum capacity of 125 spectators due to COVID-19 regulations.

Along with events including bareback riding, steer wrestling and mutton busting for children, the rodeo featured performances by the Evergreen Rodeo Drill Team and the 5280 Trick & Fancy Riding Team.

Results (subject to audit)

1. Jayce Harrison (64 seconds)

Steer Wrestling
1. Talon Sterkel (5.4)
2. Logan Kenline (5.5)
3. Seth Peterson (6.5)

Tie Down Roping
1. Pecos Tatum (9.4)
2. Kyle Belew (9.7)
3. Kasen Brennise (9.8)

Breakaway Roping
1. Shelby Logan (2.5)
2. Marcy Bate (2.7)
3. Mikayla Wilson (2.9)

Saddle Bronc
1. Denton Ward (71)
2. Andrew Schneider (65)
3. Casey Guerrier (47)

Mixed Team Roping
1. Willow Nicholas (7.6)
2. Marcy Bate (18.3)
3. Brittney McNaney (25.3)

Team Roping Header
1. Eric Martin (7.5)
2. Travis Bounds (7.7)
3. Brett Tatum (12.2)
3. Tuff Ramsey (12.2)

Team Roping Heeler
1. Jason Gilchrist (7.5)
2. Joe Roderick (7.7)
3. Hank Bounds (12.2)
3. Pecos Tatum (12.2)

Barrel Racing
1. Keylie Tatum (18.04)
2. Kaitlynn Hayes (18.60)
3. Dalene Harthan (18.66)

Bull Riding
No qualified rides

Photos: 4-H kids bring some purr-sonality to cat show

This year’s 4-H cat show at the Middle Park Fair and Rodeo featured the biggest group of participants yet.

The children brought their cats in decorated crates, and the participants wore costumes to match. The kids got creative by tying in face masks with their costumes.

One by one, the participants answered questions asked by the judge and demonstrated their cat-handling abilities by lifting their feline, showing off its teeth and displaying its ears.

The Middle Park Fair and Rodeo continues through Sunday. Events include the 4-H horse speed events and queen’s barrel race Wednesday; the swine and beef shows Thursday; the sheep, goat and llama shows Friday; and the live auction and CPRA rodeo Saturday.

For more, go to www.middleparkfairandrodeo.com.

Challenges add to fun during 32nd annual Granby Gut Buster (photos)

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Granby Gut Buster looked a bit different this year, but that didn’t stop 72 runners from coming out for this year’s 5K.

A 32-year tradition, the Gut Buster started and finished at town hall with runners going up and down Granby’s steep hill in between. This year, the race was not timed and runners set off in one minute waves.

While the race didn’t see as many runners as previous years — last year had more than 100 participants — Recreation Director Julie Martin said she was pleased with the turn out, considering the circumstances.

“We were hoping to get 50!” she said of participants.

The race featured optional challenges at every mile marker, including hula-hooping and a pingpong ball target contest. Those who completed the challenges received extra prizes.

It was a bit more spread out than previous 5Ks, but runners seemed pleased to join in on the gut-busting tradition.