98th Collegiate Peaks Rodeo

A bull rider struggles to maintain his grip during competition at the 98th Collegiate Peaks Rodeo over the weekend at the Buena Vista Rodeo Grounds.

Buena Vista – The Collegiate Peaks Stampede finished its 98th run at the historic Rodeo Grounds in Buena Vista last weekend, attracting 244 contestants and plenty of fans to see steers roped, muttons busted and bulls ridden.

“It was great this year,” rodeo board President Jan Johnson said. “We had a great crowd Saturday night, a good crowd Sunday.”

Johnson said the rodeo had quite a few bull riders this year and some of them even scored points by staying on the bucking bovine for more than 8 seconds. In recent years, the bulls have often won, allowing no fabled 8-second rides during the rodeo.

Official results for the competition were not available by press time Wednesday.

Twenty-seven children participated in the fan-favorite mutton busting competition, and 15 junior bull riders competed.

Nearing the rodeo’s centennial, Johnson said the rodeo brought spectators from around the country and, in a handful of cases, from across the globe, including visitors from Germany and France.

For those European spectators, she said, it was their first rodeo, a vivid glimpse into the Old Wild West.

“They all had a great time,” she said.

The rodeo dance kicked festivities off Friday and was a success in its first year at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall.

Analyse Watts was named rodeo queen, Maia Lee was named lady-in-waiting, and Emma McWhirter was named princess.

The Chaffee County Times in Buena Vista is published by Arkansas Valley Publishing Co., the parent company of The Mountain Mail.

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