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ElizBash plans nearly complete

Chamber of Commerce is organizing annual event

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The Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce has about wrapped up planning for the annual ElizBash, which is held May 31 to June 3 at the same time as the Elizabeth Stampede.

“ElizBash carnival and a street fair,” Trisha Ellis, chamber director, said. “Everything is about set. The carnival will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and it will be held in the open area at Crossroads Circle which is just off Highway 86. We expect to have about 17 carnival rides and we have asked Wright Amusements to include a Ferris wheel. We also expect to have about 100 vendors who will be at the event.”

This year’s Elizabeth Stampede events also will run May 31 to June 3, including Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeos, entertainment and dances. The stampede is held at Casey Jones Park east of Elizabeth on Highway 86.

The Elizabeth Stampede began as an amateur rodeo. According to a story in the 1952 Elbert County Rainbelt Echo newspaper, the first amateur rodeo was held at what is now Casey Jones Park. The amateur rodeo reportedly adopted the name Elizabeth Stampede in 1966. It is now a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo and the weekend activities include entertainment and dances. The carnival and street fair that are part of the Chamber of Commerce-sponsored ElizBash was started in 2008.

The carnival will be held May 31 through June 3 and the street fair is set for June 2 on Main Street in Elizabeth. The day’s festivities include the Elizabeth Stampede Parade along Main Street that begins at 10 a.m. Vendors will be set up along Main Street until 3 p.m.

Ellis said this is the third year for the event that was designed to bring more people to Elizabeth and to provide another type of entertainment for people coming to the rodeo and stampede. She said she expect the June 3 street carnival and parade will bring crowds to downtown Elizabeth.

“The event has grown every year,” she said. “Each year the carnival is a little larger and we have more vendors at the events. We just hope the carnival and street fair are additional activities to bring more people to Elizabeth and to the stampede.”

For more information, call the Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce at 303-646-4287 or go online to www.elizabethchamber.org/elizabash and www.elizabethstampede.com.

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