Through my lens: The Greeley Stampede |

Through my lens: The Greeley Stampede

The Greeley Stampede and 4th of July Celebration is now in its 95th year and it has come a long way from its early days as a festival to honor local potato farmers. Back then there were no PRCA Rodeos and or sold-out concerts. The Stampede has grown into a multi-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 hardly seems like an exaggeration.

If you are into music the Greeley Stampede is the place to be. Not only are there big name concerts like Lady Antebellum, Chris Young, Vince Neil and Luis Coronel 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, including a special area with a petting zoo, face painting, stick horse rodeo, a sandbox play area, and the Sheep Stampede.

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 free-fall Super Shot and the more passive Ferris wheel. There are relaxing rides and rides to scare you out of your wits. And there are 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. It is 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 here. 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. ❖

Tony Bruguiere | | Twelve year old Savanna Vermeulen of Grover, Colorado has visited the face painting booth and now is a great looking cat.
Tony Bruguiere | | Nothing says carnival more than these yellow ducks at the 95th Greeley Stampede.
Tony Bruguiere | | Saddle Bronc rider CoBurn Bradshaw of Beaver, Utah breaks out of the chute on Gingersnap to score an 85.0 at the 95th Greeley Stampede.
Tony Bruguiere | | With his ever present cowboy hat with the rattlesnake headband, Gary Turley of Greeley has been working behind the chutes as a Wrangler for thirty years.
Tony Bruguiere | | Spurring all the way, bareback rider Blaine Kaufman of Pretty Prairie, Kansas scores a 75.0 on Witches Broom.
Tony Bruguiere | | This bull rider has his boots tied on and is spurred up and ready to go at the 95th Greeley Stampede.
Tony Bruguiere | | Chris Navarro is the sculptor for" When Champions Meet"" the iconic statue at the entrance to the Island Grove Arena at the Greeley Stampede.
Tony Bruguiere | | Kevin Rich of Wild West cattle Company has been a long-time proponent for introducing kids to rodeo with sheep riding. Rich gives last minute instructions to five year old Jayden Kropeg from Greeley, Colorado.
Tony Bruguiere | | Back behind the chutes at the Greeley Stampede, the bronc riders are making final adjustments to their equipment and getting ready for their ride.