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7/13/2017 It Started With These
Locals and visitors alike are fairly flabbergasted every summer with the vast array of various festivals, performances and other fun events that fill up the calendar. The granddaddies of all of these Valley diversions -- the County Fair and the Westcliffe Stampede Rodeo – had their humble beginnings in the1940s, and those legacies continue this week with the 70th annual Custer County Fair, and the 71st annual Westcliffe Stampede. The Wet Mountain Valley has obviously seen a lot of changes over the past seven decades. But the Valley’s roots in agriculture, family and community will be showcased this weekend when those two events carry on in fine fashion. The weekend will be filled with small-town pleasantries: a pancake breakfast, parade, two days of exciting rodeo action, and various demonstrations and competitions at the county fair, culminating in the annual 4-H/FFA livestock auction on Sunday. Take time to visit the county fair. Our 4-H and FFA kids work hard all year on their various projects. Give ‘em a thumb’s-up for jobs well done. And for real western flavor, grab a seat at the Stampede, where spectators will capture some outstanding rodeo action featuring talented cowboys and cowgirls from throughout the West, all backdropped by our magnificent Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Have fun, be safe, and take a moment to appreciate what these events have meant to the residents of the Wet Mountain Valley for 70 years, and today.