Circle Bar Rodeo moves to Penrose Stadium
The second annual Circle Bar Rodeo, a professional rodeo started by the Cowboy Church and sanctioned by the Colorado Pro
Rodeo Association (CPRA), drew 313 contestants for nine events May 28-29 at Penrose Stadium.
An added feature was Air Force Wings of Blue skydiving team, which parachuted into the arena May 28.
Advertised as “good, clean, family fun,” the event's attendance was dampened somewhat by the rain May 29, but contestant numbers were 90 more than the year before, and plans are to return next year, according to organizer Dave McMillin.
It was the first year for the Circle Bar Rodeo at Penrose. The event was held last year at the Kit Carson Arena in Black Forest, but “we needed a bigger venue,” McMillin said.
The CPRA sanctions 20 to 30 statewide events a year, and is geared for area rodeo contestants who don't want the commitment of the national rodeo tour. The quality in many cases is national quality: McMillin noted that the winning time of 4 seconds for the team roping competition was just off the world record of 3.7.
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