Giddy up, partner, Thursdays |

Giddy up, partner, Thursdays

Daily Staff Report
Daily file photoJerad Schlegel holds tight out of the gate during a re-ride in the bareback event during opening night at the Beaver Creek Rodeo in Avon. The rodeo events continue today at 5 p.m.

BEAVER CREEK – A piece of the Wild West returns to the valley as the Beaver Creek Summer Rodeo Series rolls into town Thursdays nights throughout the summer. A full line-up of rodeo events, a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, mutton bustin’ and western barbecue fill the evening.

“In its fourth year, the Beaver Creek Summer Rodeo Series has become a Thursday night tradition for locals and guests. Friends and families can enjoy bull riding, barrel racing, great barbecue prepared by local chefs and much more,” said Tony O’Rourke, executive director of the Beaver Creek Resort Company.The rodeo will again take place at the Confluence site located south of the Seasons at Avon along the Eagle River in Avon. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. and carry on until 8 p.m. There will be no rodeo on Thursday, July 28. The rodeo will instead be held Friday, July 29. There will not be a rodeo on Aug. 4.As part of the rodeo tradition, the Beaver Creek Rodeo welcomes back Hanna Nelson for a second year as Rodeo Queen. Nelson will be a senior at Eagle Valley High School this fall. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is the varsity MVP Ski Team Link Crew Leader.

This year’s Beaver Creek Rodeo Princess is Kristie Eckert. Eckert, 14, is a student at Eagle Valley Middle School. Tickets to the rodeo are $20 for VIP seating, $15 for Adults (ages 18-64), $8 for Seniors (ages 65 and up), $5 for Youth (ages 13-17), and Children 12 years old and under are free. Tickets are available in-person in advance at the Beaver Creek Information Center or the evening of the event at the rodeo box office. Kids can get involved in the calf scramble and mutton bustin’. The events are open to children between the ages of 5 and 12. Height and weight limitations apply for mutton bustin’ and parents must sign a release for both events. Sign-ups will take place at the information booth from 5-6:30 p.m. the night of the performance. Other children’s activities include a petting zoo, pony rides and face painting.

Free parking is available in Beaver Creek’s Elk Lot (formerly the East Day Lot) located along Highway 6 in Avon. Complimentary shuttle transport to the rodeo grounds will be provided. Alcoholic beverages, pets, and glass containers cannot be brought onto the rodeo grounds. All bags are subject to be searched by security. For more information about the event, call 845-9090 or visit For cowboy sign up, contact Jodi Teague at 949-3212 Tuesdays only from 7-9 p.m. Groups of 20 or more can contact the Beaver Creek Sales Department at 845-5762 or (866) 395-3185.Vail Colorado

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