Rodeo Fair on a Western Colorado Homestead

A neighbor came by our farm telling
us, newcomers to a western Colorado
homestead, about the county fair. We fixed a picnic dinner and went.

All the families spread their
dinners together. People came up and introduced themselves and shook hands. No
strangers-it was wonderful. There were exhibits of canned goods and fancywork.

In the afternoon we stood around
some hastily built pens and watched one of the finest rodeos I ever saw.
Cowboys had gone to the mountains and herded into the pens some wild horses and
steers from the range. They would rope an animal and a cowboy would try to ride
him. If he succeeded, someone would pass the hat and the spectators would
contribute their small change. He might possibly get $1.50 or $2. If he was
bucked off, he gained nothing but experience.

The celebration broke up about five
o’clock so we could all get home by dark. Now in my 80th year I think of that
day, and I’m sure it was one of the most enjoyable fairs I ever attended.

Mrs. Elizabeth Fisher
Great Bend,

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