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Eagle County Rodeo expects 400 contestants

Government tracker, Eagle County Commissioners July 19 morning work session.

Present: Jon Stavney, Sara Fisher.

What they talked about: This year’s Eagle County Fair and Rodeo.

Who they talked to: Fair manager Brad Higgins.

What they talked about: Participation is up – way up – for this year’s rodeo. Last year about 300 people competed. This year’s competitors’ list is 400 strong, even while the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo is being held the same week.

The biggest jump is from bull riders. Only eight riders participated in the 2008 event. This year, more than 100 riders are risking life and limb by climbing aboard more than a half-ton of agitated male bovine. Higgins didn’t mention if any of this year’s bulls are named “Widowmaker.”