Brush Rodeo

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Brush Rodeo has long history

The Brush Rodeo, also known as the Brush July 4th Rodeo, is an annual rodeo event that takes place in Brush, Colorado, United States. The rodeo has a long history, dating back to 1951, and has become a beloved tradition in the community.

The Brush Rodeo was started by a group of local businessmen who wanted to create an event that would bring the community together and celebrate the Fourth of July. The first Brush Rodeo was held in 1951, and it featured events such as steer wrestling, calf roping, barrel racing, and bull riding. The event was a huge success, drawing large crowds from throughout the region.

Over the years, the Brush Rodeo has grown in size and popularity, and it now attracts some of the top cowboys and cowgirls in the country. The rodeo is held over several days, and it includes a variety of events, including bull riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping, and barrel racing.

In addition to the rodeo events, the Brush Rodeo also features a parade, a carnival, and a variety of other activities for the whole family. The rodeo has become a major tourism draw for the town of Brush, and it has helped to put the community on the map as a destination for Western heritage and culture.

Today, the Brush Rodeo continues to be a beloved tradition in the community, and it is widely regarded as one of the best rodeos in the region. The event attracts thousands of visitors each year, and it is a testament to the enduring popularity of Western culture and traditions.

Brush Rodeo marks 60 years of events

The Brush Rodeo Association recently celebrated its 60th annual rodeo with record-breaking attendance and participation. The three-day event featured over 400 entries, including 107 barrel racers, 48 steer wrestlers, and 17 bull riders, as well as other events like mutton busting and a catch-it pig contest. The rodeo also recognized long-time supporter Steve Treadway, who has served on the Brush Rodeo Board for 50 years, and the Brush Police Department, which was named the Rodeo Family of the Year. The event was capped off with the annual Fourth of July parade and a fireworks display by the Brush Volunteer Fire Department. Commemorative belt buckles for the 60th annual Brush Rodeo are still available for purchase.
The Brush Fourth of July Rodeo has a long history, and Steve Treadway has been a significant contributor and supporter for at least 50 years, serving on the Brush Rodeo Board. Treadway’s love for the cattle business and his adventurous spirit led him to support the rodeo and make it possible for others to enjoy the sport. Treadway recalls the Morgan County Fairgrounds used to be a horse-racing track and a football field for the Brush School District, which required a lot of manpower to put up fences and corrals for the annual Fourth of July Rodeo. Over the years, the Brush Rodeo has grown and evolved, offering various events, such as mutton busting, goat roping, and ladies barrel racing. Treadway played an essential role in developing a long-term business plan to ensure sustainable financing for the rodeo. Today, various organizations, businesses, and contributions from public entities and private citizens make it possible to continue and maintain one of the greatest rodeos around. This year marks the 61st year of the Brush Fourth of July Rodeo, and the town’s Fourth of July Parade has been going on even longer. The events and activities have changed, but the rodeo remains a big draw for people from Morgan County and across the country.
During the Brush Fourth of July Rodeo, attendees can enjoy various family-friendly entertainment, including clowns, musical talent, dancing, and contests for catch-it pig, calf, rabbit, and chicken. The rodeo also features exciting events like bareback bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, and ladies barrel racing. Visitors can tour the museum, enjoy a used book sale, and attend a beautiful fireworks display. The Brush Rodeo Association also hosts the rodeo queen contest, and there are free barbecues and a parade. Steve Treadway remembers when the gate was only around 150 people, and the progress made over the years is incredible. The Brush Rodeo has become one of the largest amateur rodeos in the country, with participants from all over. It is a tremendous event that takes tremendous planning, organization, public relations skills, and lots of gracious volunteers and hard workers to keep the tradition alive. The Brush Fourth of July Rodeo celebrates independence, freedom, creative and adventurous spirits, and unites family, friends, and the community in a way like no other. Come join us for a memorable experience at the Brush Fourth of July Rodeo!
In addition to the rodeo events, the Brush Rodeo Association also honors individuals whose pioneering spirit has made Brush a welcoming spot for rodeo fans each year with the Watrous Pioneer Awards. The association also created the Rodeo Family of the Year Award in 1992, which honors families who have contributed significantly to the rodeo’s success. The Robert Walker family was the first recipient of this award. The Brush Rodeo has a long-standing tradition of bringing the community together and creating lasting memories for families and visitors. Whether you’re a seasoned rodeo enthusiast or experiencing it for the first time, the Brush Fourth of July Rodeo promises a fun-filled event for all ages. Come join us and be a part of the rich history and exciting future of the Brush Rodeo.
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Brush Rodeo History

The Brush Rodeo has a rich history dating back to 1924 when a group of visionary businessmen established Memorial Park and the Morgan County Fairgrounds. The first Rodeo and Race took place in 1925 and quickly gained popularity, with Governor Billy Adams attending the third annual event in 1927, which attracted a whopping 17,000 attendees. Over the years, the rodeo has featured horse racing, midget auto races, parades, barbecues, fireworks, and more. In 1955, the Brush Rodeo Association was formed, and the event has continued to thrive, celebrating its 50th and 60th anniversaries in 2004 and 2014, respectively. Today, the Brush Rodeo remains a beloved tradition, honoring pioneers and rodeo families, and offering plenty of good, old-fashioned fun.

Brush Rodeo Association

Brush Rodeo Association

1924

1924

a group of visionary Brush businessmen, spearheaded by Alonzo Petteys and J.. Ryland, bought land and deeded it to the City of Brush. This property is known as Memorial Park and the Morgan County Fairgrounds.
1924

1925

1925

the first Rodeo and Race was held.
1925

1927

1927

some 17,000 attended the 3rd Annual Rodeo and Race when governor Billy Adams led the parade.
1927

1929

1929

a small fee was charged for parking in addition to a 50¢ gate charge. This helped finance a new amplified public address system.
1929

1940

1940

local participants, some of whom still live in this area, won several events: 1942 Dean Christensen finished third in the pony race; 1943 Dale Stinton won the shoe race contest for boys over 70 lbs; 1946 Harry Mohrlang finished second in saddle bronc riding while the late Bill Lowry won the bull dogging and calf roping.
1940

1948

1948

new grandstands were added.
1948

1949

1949

the first pari-mutual horse racing in Colorado made its debut in Brush.
1949

1953

1953

brought temporary changes with the horse racing held in May and June; the Brush Jaycees sponsored midget auto races in July.
1953

1955

1955

the Jacyees and other organizations formed the Brush Rodeo Association. The Association has since offered parades, rodeos, barbecues, fireworks and plenty of good, old fashioned fun.
1955

1975

1975

the Watrous Pioneer Awards, to honor an individual whose pioneering spirit makes Brush a welcome spot for thousands of rodeo fans each year, was introduced.
1975

1992

1992

the Rodeo Family of the Year Award was created by the Brush Rodeo Association. The Robert Walker family was the first recipient.
1992

1995

1995

the Texas, Montana Trail Drive Marker was dedicated to the public and new grandstands were added. Also, the United States Postal Service created a collector’s stamp honoring the Brush Rodeo.
1995

2004

2004

Brush Rodeo celebrates 50 years!
2004

2005

2005

Brush Rodeo joins CPRA.
2005

2014

2014

Brush Rodeo Celebrates 60 years.
2014
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