Rodeo rambles over to the Beav’ |

Rodeo rambles over to the Beav’

Matt Zalaznick
Daily file photoBustin' mutton is one of the events on tap at the Beaver Creek Rodeo, which opens its inaugural season Thursday.

Several summer nights of rodeo – real-live Western rodeo – begin Thursday evening with all the trimmings at Beaver Creek. The rodeo, formerly held at Berry Creek in Edwards, is scheduled to run each Thursday evening through Aug. 29 at Beaver Creek’s west day-skier parking lot.

The doors open at 5 p.m., and the rodeo riding starts at 6 p.m. with grand entry and bareback riding. Country singer Suzy Bogguss, who is performing Thursday night at the Vilar Center, will sing the national anthem.

The rodeo on July 4 starts early, at noon, and rides until 3:30 p.m. And so as not to interfere with the Eagle County Rodeo, there will be no rodeo on Aug. 1.

Rodeo tickets are also good for a free spin, too, on the Black Family Ice Skating Rink in Beaver Creek Village. Tickets are available at the Beaver Creek summer ticket office or at the Rodeo box office.

Kids aged 5 to 12 and weighing more than 60 pounds can participate in the calf scramble and mutton-busting events. Parents must sign a release for both events. Kids can sign-up at the information booth from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the night of the rodeo. Other children’s activities include a petting zoo, pony rides and a kid’s play area.

Free parking is available in Beaver Creek’s east day-skier parking lot, located just down the road on U.S. Highway 6. There will be free shuttle service to the rodeo.

Alcoholic beverages, pets and glass containers cannot be brought onto the rodeo grounds.

The Thursday-night summer rodeo was formerly held at Berry Creek in Edwards but had to move this summer to make way for a large housing development.

But the west day skier parking lot is also a temporary home for the rodeo, Beaver Creek officials say. Next year, they expect to move the rodeo up to Red Tail Camp on Beaver Creek Mountain. That’s the flat spot where Birds of Prey, Grouse Mountain and Larkspur Bowl converge.

For more information about the event, call 845-9090 or visit For cowboy sign up, contact Jodi Teague at 926-0591 Tuesdays only from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Groups of 20 or more can contact the Beaver Creek Sales Department at 845-5762 or 800 525-2257.

Schedule of events:

5 p.m. Pre-rodeo events

6 p.m. Grand entry

6:15 p.m. Bareback

6:30 p.m. Calf scramble for kids

6:45 p.m. Team roping

7 p.m. Mutton busting for kids

7:15 p.m. Barrel racing

7:30 p.m. Burro racing

7:45 p.m. Bull riding

Ticket prices:

– $20 for VIP seating; $15 for adults aged 18 to 64.

– $8 for seniors aged 65 and older.

– $5 for teens aged 13 to 17.

– Free for children 12 years old and under get in free.

(NOTE: Tickets available at the Beaver Creek summer ticket office or at the Rodeo box office. )

Matt Zalaznick covers public safety, Eagle County Courts and Avon/ Beaver Creek. He can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 606, or via e-mail at

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