The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, CO saw record-breaking crowds show up over its first weekend of January 07-08, 2023. I was able to sit down with NWSS President & CEO Paul Andrews on that first weekend’s Sunday afternoon to get his thoughts on the record turnout. Hint: America and even the tv show Yellowstone might be involved in those record numbers…
The Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo designates its Sunday afternoon performance as the “Red, White and Blue Rodeo” and it is a “Stars and Stripes” affair to honor local service men and women both past and present. They really do a nice job of showing honor and respect for those who have served in the military, as well as honoring the patriotic symbols that harken back to the founding principles of our country. They rocked the singing of the National Anthem by bringing out this Bald Eagle and holding it aloft while it flapped its wings during the closing lines of the anthem. It was an inspiring sight and environment and I loved capturing it with my camera.
I’ve been on a a bit of a self-induced content creation blitz the last week or so as the award winning Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo is coming up quick (first weekend of June). This latest video is a fast-paced piece that is a compilation of my photography of that rodeo over the years 2003-2021. It’s been a pleasure to cover that rodeo for publication in numerous magazines over the last couple of decades. Click on the link or the image to go to the video on the Rumble platform.
I just created and uploaded a recap video of the 2021 Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo in Elizabeth, CO. The short video (just over a minute long) is a compilation of video and photography that I shot over the four days of the rodeo’s run (June 03-06, 2021). It is uploaded on Rumble. Give it a look and let me know what you think! Just click on the following link or the image to go to the video.
Patriotism is just a love of your country and its founding principles. It seems people these days want to try and make it a divisive issue, but that’s all it really is. Tradition can play a large role in that love. Rodeo is full of tradition. It also makes a point to respect and honor the traditions and symbols of the USA. I love how much respect and honor the American flag receives at a rodeo performance, but there are also enduring glimpses of other iconic symbols of the USA. I saw this one last year before the start of the 2021 Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo’s Friday night Bull Riding competition.
Loved the moment. The majestic Bald Eagle caught in gorgeous sunset light. These kinds of moments are part of the reason I love the photographing the sport of rodeo.
Those words sound almost mournful. The last remaining…
That means there used to be more, maybe even a plentiful supply.
But now there is one.
The last remaining Marine Corps Mounted Color Guard participated again in the 2021 Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo in Elizabeth, CO. If you appreciate having Old Glory honored with a bit of pomp and circumstance, you would love to see how these Marines ride in with the colors and present them for the singing of the National Anthem.
2021 Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo is ready to go for June 03-06, 2021
Forced to cancel the 2020 Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo in Elizabeth, CO, rodeo organizers were faced with more unknowns in the beginning of 2021, but they rolled up their sleeves and secured 150% of sponsorships they had in the past. It was a strategy that allowed them to move forward.
“We did it,” said Elizabeth Stampede President Traci McClain. “We got 50% more sponsors than we have ever had in the past — 150% of normal. The community really stepped up. They reached out and supported us in a big way.”
With the state of Colorado dropping mask mandates in May and declaring other coronavirus state public health orders will expire June 01, Stampede officials are looking forward to a busy rodeo, albeit one with safety measures and precautions in place.
“We want everyone to be safe,” added McClain. “I think we have the safeguards in place that we need to do to make it safe for our participants – contestants, spectators, contractors, everybody – to allow them to make choices.”
Kicking off with a concert on Thursday night (June 03) that features three entertainers or, as Stampede organizers like to call it, “A Trio of Talent” — the three dynamic up-and-comers are making a splash in the music scene: Dillon Carmichael, Lainey Wilson, and Kameron Marlowe.
Friday night is bull riding and is annually sold out in advance of the rodeo, and Saturday night’s PRCA rodeo is annually sold out in advance, as well. The afternoon performances on Saturday and Sunday traditionally have solid crowds, but walk up tickets can usually be purchased. Don’t miss out on Sunday afternoon’s Red, White & Blue Rodeo, which features a love of all things USA and honors those who have served and are serving in our nation’s armed forces.
“Life, Liberty and Rodeo,” summed up McClain in reference to a new trademarked slogan and apparel design they have come up with for 2021’s rodeo. “That is our guiding principle, this year.”
For more information on the Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo or to purchase tickets for the concert or any of the rodeo performances, check out their website at https://www.elizabethstampede.com/