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Free weekly rodeo performances at 4 Eagle Ranch on Wednesdays

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WOLCOTT — Dust off those boots and polish up your buckle. Wednesday evenings this summer will feature free rodeo performances at 4 Eagle Ranch, located on Highway 131 four miles north of Wolcott.

The seven-event series is free to the public and is scheduled to officially begin Wednesday, with weekly performances through Aug. 13, with the exception of July 23.

"This will be the third season of rodeo at the ranch," said Chris Emmer, general manager for 4 Eagle Ranch. "Prior to this summer, it had always been a part of our Western Family Night, but this year, we made the decision that it should have a night of its own."

Slated for a 6 to 8 p.m. run, rodeo events include bull riding, team roping, barrel racing, saddle bronc riding and bareback bronc riding. Along with the rodeo action, dinner from the grill includes burgers, chicken, grilled corn on the cob and ice cold beer and beverages.

ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

If the kids aren't quite ready to saddle up, 4 Eagle Ranch also offers free steer head roping, horseshoes, volleyball and a playground, not to mention the chance to visit with the herd of various ranch animals.

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Families can also pay a visit to the 4 Eagle Trading Co. to check out gifts, jewelry, hats, antiques, home accents and many more unique Colorado and ranch items.

OTHER FUN THINGS to do AT 4 EAGLE RANCH

Activities to book for another day include the Tuesday Western Family Nights, zipline rides, horseback cattle roundup, Jeep and ATV Tours, rafting and Country Western Dance Nights.

STEPPING BACK IN TIME

"(Visting) 4 Eagle Ranch is a true Colorado experience," Emmer said. "It is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in all of Eagle County and you can literally step back in time 100 years when your boots leave the car."

Homesteaded in 1885 by the John Welsh Family, the property now known as 4 Eagle Ranch served as the center of a large cattle and sheep operation until early 1991.

The large white farmhouse was built in 1925. It still stands and underwent a major renovation in 2011 to become a guest house, now known as the Homestead House.

The Carriage House, also built around 1925, used to house the Welsh family's carriages and was turned into a dining and dance venue for groups and the public.

SUPPORTING LOCALS IN NEED

The business at 4 Eagle Ranch is owned and operated as a nonprofit, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting local senior citizens and children in need throughout the community, along with military veterans and orphans in the Philippines.

For additional information on the free rodeo series or 4 Eagle Ranch and all its activities, visit http://www.4eagleranch.com.