Flying Heels hosts rodeo this weekend |

Flying Heels hosts rodeo this weekend

Tonya Bina
Grand County, CO Colorado

The Flying Heels Arena is hosting its only rodeo show of the year, this Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3.

Boasting it as “one of the most colorful patriotic rodeo shows of the west,” rodeo organizer Lorene Linke is hoping the two-day event attracts both first-time and returning rodeo spectators.

Rodeo shows offer an entertaining glimpse into the culture of the ranching west through events such as bull riding, bareback and saddle broncs, mixed and open team roping, tie-down roping and ladies breakaway roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing. All of these adult events start at 7 p.m. both nights, with “Buckaroo” youth events taking place earlier at 3 p.m.

Buckaroo Series events include goat undecorating and mutton busin’ for 5-year-olds, events such as calf riding and barrels for 6-8 year-olds, and intermediate barrels goat tying and tie-down roping for older kids.

As many as 38 business sponsors throughout the town of Granby have stepped up to supply $3,000 to this year’s rodeo purse to attract rodeo talent. Other businesses have helped the Rodeo Association with in-kind donations.

The two-day event is making up for the canceled May rodeo, which was called off due to the equine herpes virus.

Rodeo spectators are usually in prime location to witness the July 2 Granby fireworks, which are partially being sponsored this year by the Flying Heels Arena Association, as well as the Town of Granby, SolVista Residential Association, Master Homeowners of SilverCreek and the Grand Elk Owners Association. Fireworks are scheduled to launch around 9:30 p.m.

The Westernaires’ display of “patriotic pageantry” takes place both days with three different drills, Linke said.

The colorful Westernaires also plan to participate in the popular Fourth of July Parade in Granby on Monday, July 4.

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