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Fun for the whole family at the Greeley Independence Stampede

The Greeley Stampede is now in it’s 89th year and it has come a long way from it’s early days as a festival to honor local potato farmers. Back then there were no PRCA Rodeos and there certainly was no classic horseshoe shaped stadium. The Stampede has grown into an 11 day event and now bills itself as the World’s Largest Fourth of July Celebration. To anyone who has spent a couple of days trying to see all that the Greeley Stampede has to offer, that statement would hardly seem like an exaggeration.

During the 11 day run of the Greeley Stampede everyone is sure to find something that interests them. The five PRCA rodeos and one Xtreme Bulls draw some of the best cowboys in the country. Among the World Champions to compete at the 2011 Greeley Stampede were Cody Ohl, Will Lowe, Luke Branquinho, and Taos Muncy. The Barrel Racing finals at the Stampede read like a ‘who’s who’ of barrel racing and included Lindsey Sears, Lisa Lockhart, Sydni Blanchard and Tana Poppino.

If you are into music the Greeley Stampede is the place to be. Not only are there big name concerts like Little Big Town, Clint Black, and Darryl Worley in the main arena, but there are plenty of free concerts throughout the day and into the night at the multiple stages in Island Grove Park.

The rodeos and the paid concerts may get most of the attention, but there is plenty of family entertainment at the Greeley Stampede that is absolutely free. There is the Kids Rodeo with horse events, bull riding, and events for the little kids. There is a small entry fee, but admission to the arena is free. There is Mounted Shooting, a hot dog eating contest, a western art show, gunfight reenactments, a petting zoo and fireworks, just to name a few.

One of the most popular free shows is the Swampmaster’s Alligator Show over at the Kid’s Korral. Floridian Jeff Quattrocchi had a 3-foot alligator that was reasonably docile enough that kids could hold him. He also had an 8-foot alligator in a tank that was quite a bit more cranky, especially when Jeff got into the tank and grabbed the alligator by the tail.

Right next to the alligators was the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack show with log rolling, chainsaws and ax throwing. It was here that your fearless Fence Post photographer stood right next to the target as the ax was being thrown to get a unique perspective – nothing but the best for the Fence Post readers.

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One thing you do not want to miss is the carnival. There are rides for kids of all ages and adults who are kids at heart. There are active things like the high altitude trampoline with safety ropes and the more passive Ferris wheel. There are relaxing rides and rides to scare you out of your wits. And lots and lots of stuffed animals to be won at games of chance and skill.

One of the things they really get right at the Stampede is the Food Court. Centrally located with plenty of tables, lots of grass, shade trees and a music stage. Whatever you are hungry for – turkey legs, ice cream, brats, brisket, pizza, smoothies, tacos, corn dogs or a hundred different other foods – you could find it there. It was a great place to eat, meet your friends, and rest up for the next adventure.

Those early potato farmers would have been proud to see what their little festival has grown into.

The Greeley Stampede is now in it’s 89th year and it has come a long way from it’s early days as a festival to honor local potato farmers. Back then there were no PRCA Rodeos and there certainly was no classic horseshoe shaped stadium. The Stampede has grown into an 11 day event and now bills itself as the World’s Largest Fourth of July Celebration. To anyone who has spent a couple of days trying to see all that the Greeley Stampede has to offer, that statement would hardly seem like an exaggeration.

During the 11 day run of the Greeley Stampede everyone is sure to find something that interests them. The five PRCA rodeos and one Xtreme Bulls draw some of the best cowboys in the country. Among the World Champions to compete at the 2011 Greeley Stampede were Cody Ohl, Will Lowe, Luke Branquinho, and Taos Muncy. The Barrel Racing finals at the Stampede read like a ‘who’s who’ of barrel racing and included Lindsey Sears, Lisa Lockhart, Sydni Blanchard and Tana Poppino.

If you are into music the Greeley Stampede is the place to be. Not only are there big name concerts like Little Big Town, Clint Black, and Darryl Worley in the main arena, but there are plenty of free concerts throughout the day and into the night at the multiple stages in Island Grove Park.

The rodeos and the paid concerts may get most of the attention, but there is plenty of family entertainment at the Greeley Stampede that is absolutely free. There is the Kids Rodeo with horse events, bull riding, and events for the little kids. There is a small entry fee, but admission to the arena is free. There is Mounted Shooting, a hot dog eating contest, a western art show, gunfight reenactments, a petting zoo and fireworks, just to name a few.

One of the most popular free shows is the Swampmaster’s Alligator Show over at the Kid’s Korral. Floridian Jeff Quattrocchi had a 3-foot alligator that was reasonably docile enough that kids could hold him. He also had an 8-foot alligator in a tank that was quite a bit more cranky, especially when Jeff got into the tank and grabbed the alligator by the tail.

Right next to the alligators was the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack show with log rolling, chainsaws and ax throwing. It was here that your fearless Fence Post photographer stood right next to the target as the ax was being thrown to get a unique perspective – nothing but the best for the Fence Post readers.

One thing you do not want to miss is the carnival. There are rides for kids of all ages and adults who are kids at heart. There are active things like the high altitude trampoline with safety ropes and the more passive Ferris wheel. There are relaxing rides and rides to scare you out of your wits. And lots and lots of stuffed animals to be won at games of chance and skill.

One of the things they really get right at the Stampede is the Food Court. Centrally located with plenty of tables, lots of grass, shade trees and a music stage. Whatever you are hungry for – turkey legs, ice cream, brats, brisket, pizza, smoothies, tacos, corn dogs or a hundred different other foods – you could find it there. It was a great place to eat, meet your friends, and rest up for the next adventure.

Those early potato farmers would have been proud to see what their little festival has grown into.

The Greeley Stampede is now in it’s 89th year and it has come a long way from it’s early days as a festival to honor local potato farmers. Back then there were no PRCA Rodeos and there certainly was no classic horseshoe shaped stadium. The Stampede has grown into an 11 day event and now bills itself as the World’s Largest Fourth of July Celebration. To anyone who has spent a couple of days trying to see all that the Greeley Stampede has to offer, that statement would hardly seem like an exaggeration.

During the 11 day run of the Greeley Stampede everyone is sure to find something that interests them. The five PRCA rodeos and one Xtreme Bulls draw some of the best cowboys in the country. Among the World Champions to compete at the 2011 Greeley Stampede were Cody Ohl, Will Lowe, Luke Branquinho, and Taos Muncy. The Barrel Racing finals at the Stampede read like a ‘who’s who’ of barrel racing and included Lindsey Sears, Lisa Lockhart, Sydni Blanchard and Tana Poppino.

If you are into music the Greeley Stampede is the place to be. Not only are there big name concerts like Little Big Town, Clint Black, and Darryl Worley in the main arena, but there are plenty of free concerts throughout the day and into the night at the multiple stages in Island Grove Park.

The rodeos and the paid concerts may get most of the attention, but there is plenty of family entertainment at the Greeley Stampede that is absolutely free. There is the Kids Rodeo with horse events, bull riding, and events for the little kids. There is a small entry fee, but admission to the arena is free. There is Mounted Shooting, a hot dog eating contest, a western art show, gunfight reenactments, a petting zoo and fireworks, just to name a few.

One of the most popular free shows is the Swampmaster’s Alligator Show over at the Kid’s Korral. Floridian Jeff Quattrocchi had a 3-foot alligator that was reasonably docile enough that kids could hold him. He also had an 8-foot alligator in a tank that was quite a bit more cranky, especially when Jeff got into the tank and grabbed the alligator by the tail.

Right next to the alligators was the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack show with log rolling, chainsaws and ax throwing. It was here that your fearless Fence Post photographer stood right next to the target as the ax was being thrown to get a unique perspective – nothing but the best for the Fence Post readers.

One thing you do not want to miss is the carnival. There are rides for kids of all ages and adults who are kids at heart. There are active things like the high altitude trampoline with safety ropes and the more passive Ferris wheel. There are relaxing rides and rides to scare you out of your wits. And lots and lots of stuffed animals to be won at games of chance and skill.

One of the things they really get right at the Stampede is the Food Court. Centrally located with plenty of tables, lots of grass, shade trees and a music stage. Whatever you are hungry for – turkey legs, ice cream, brats, brisket, pizza, smoothies, tacos, corn dogs or a hundred different other foods – you could find it there. It was a great place to eat, meet your friends, and rest up for the next adventure.

Those early potato farmers would have been proud to see what their little festival has grown into.