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The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s (CCA) annual State Fair Ranch Rodeo will be held Wednesday, Aug. 30. The State Fair has designated Aug. 30 as “Cattlemen’s Day” and CCA members can receive complimentary gate admissions for that day through the CCA office.

The CCA Ranch Rodeo is a free event, beginning at 7 p.m. at the State Fair East Horse Show arena. Ranch rodeos are unique in that they focus on the entire ranching process, instead of just one piece. The teams are working together, instead of competing individually, simulating the true duties performed on ranches.

Teams will compete for prizes in five timed events including team branding, where calves are sorted, roped, and branded with chalk; team doctoring, where a specially-numbered steer is sorted from the herd, head and heels are roped and its shoulder is marked (doctored); ribbon roping, where a numbered steer is roped and a ribbon is removed from its tail; and team penning, where specific cattle are sorted and penned away from the rest of the herd. The last of the events is trailer loading, where cattle are again sorted, roped, and loaded into a trailer.

The CCA will also hold other annual activities and meetings on Aug. 30-31. The CCA Board of Directors will meet on Aug. 31. The meeting is open to all CCA members. CCA’s 18 steering committees will meet to set this year’s goals on Aug. 30 at 9 a.m. Following the meetings, CCA will host its Annual State Fair lunch at 12:30 p.m. The beef lunch is $15 and is open to all CCA and Colorado CattleWomen members. Both the committee meetings and the lunch will be held in the Entertainment tent, west of the grandstands.

Cattlemen’s Day activities at the State Fair include an all-day open bull show, an AQHA Ranch Horse Versatility, and an NRHA Reining. The CCA Ranch Rodeo will follow the Supreme Champion bull selection, at 7 p.m.


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