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Douglas County Fair and Rodeo

Steer drive honors heritage, fair and rodeo tradition

Event on July 28 will move 35 cattle through downtown Castle Rock

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Downtown Castle Rock will transform into the Old West on July 28 as the town holds the annual Western Heritage Welcome ahead of the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo — complete with a steer drive and the Chuck Wagon Cook-Off.

The event is intended to honor the tradition of the fair and rodeo and Colorado’s Western heritage, said Town of Castle Rock events specialist Jennifer Reinhardt.

“I’m really excited about bringing this really authentic Old West feel to the town,” she said. “We’re literally bringing cattle back where they use to go through.”

Large herds of cattle were driven through Colorado throughout the 1800s, including along the “Goodnight-Loving Trail,” which passed through Castle Rock area.

The cattle drive will begin at 6 p.m. and last approximately 30 minutes as cowhands move a herd of 35 cattle along Perry Street from Rock Park to Briccy’s Coffee. The town added about 10 more cattle to the herd after the event was a hit last year, Reinhardt said, noting the drive will also feature the Wells Fargo stagecoach.

Residents may gather along Perry Street for the best views, she said, but also can view the cattle once they are corralled at the event site located south of Briccy’s Coffee.

The Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, which is bringing in competitors from multiple states, will offer attendees an authentic Old West meat-and-potatoes meal cooked over coal pits — true to the slow-cooked method, Reinhardt said.

Tickets and more information for the cook-off are available at CRgov.com/WesternHeritage. Food trucks will also serve eventgoers. The cook-off will be held in the dirt lot south of Briccy’s Coffee, 140 S. Wilcox St., and last until 9 p.m.

Reinhardt said the town is also asking residents to be mindful of construction near Festival Park and the roundabout at Third and Perry streets while they attend the event.

A day after the steer drive, on July 29, festivities will follow the steer drive on July 29 with the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo Parade, beginning at 9 a.m. The old fashioned parade starts at the south end of town and runs through downtown.

The fair and rodeo run from July 29 through Aug. 6. More information and tickets for the fair are available at douglascountyfairandrodeo.com.

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