Kids, cars, cowboys in Kiowa

Town abuzz with street fair, auto show, rodeo

Posted 6/28/15

Vendors and visitors filled A.F. Nordman Memorial Park in Kiowa June 27 for the Seventh Annual Kiowa Street Fair. While magicians, games and bounce houses caught the attention of kids, vendors offered adults goods ranging from homemade jerky and …

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Kids, cars, cowboys in Kiowa

Town abuzz with street fair, auto show, rodeo

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Vendors and visitors filled A.F. Nordman Memorial Park in Kiowa June 27 for the Seventh Annual Kiowa Street Fair. While magicians, games and bounce houses caught the attention of kids, vendors offered adults goods ranging from homemade jerky and jams to special offers on satellite television service.

The street fair is inspired by a similar event that took place in 1910. In 2009, the Town of Kiowa revived the fair, and last year, paired it with a car show featuring classics and hotrods.

“If it has wheels, we want to see it,” read the note on the town's registration form. One hundred percent of the car-show registration fees are bound for the Elizabeth Veteran's Memorial Fund.

Dean Mullikin, of Aurora, took the opportunity to display his custom 1993 Chevrolet S-10 monster truck. Other than the original body, Mullikin built the entire truck from the ground up, frame, machined wheels, and hydraulic lift to raise the body off the frame.

“I started with the pickup body and a pile of steel,” he said. “Two years later this is what we got.”

Mullikin completed work on his monster truck last August, but has still not found the right name for it, and though not street legal, he has entered it in regional car shows and pulling competitions.

The street fair and car show were not the only events over the weekend. Up the hill from the park, the second day of the Cowboy Up in Kiowa rodeo was underway at the Elbert County Fairgrounds.

Following an evening of Colorado Professional Rodeo Association performances on Friday night, the second day of rodeo kicked off Saturday morning with slack. Occasionally referred to as the best rodeo never seen, slack is held during the “slack” hours when crowds are thin or even nonexistent, and allows competitors to complete allotted rides that time does not allow for during evening or afternoon performances.

Later Saturday morning and into the afternoon, old-style Colt 45 single-action revolvers filled the fairgrounds and echoed through town. In the warmup arena just north of the Exhibition Hall, cowboys and cowgirls competed in four rounds of Cowboy Mounted Shooting, a timed event where competitors negotiate their horses through a course while firing blanks at 10 balloon targets mounted on poles.

The black-powder blanks shoot hot embers, which pop the balloons at a range of up to 20 feet. Contestant's scores are determined by the number of balloon targets hit and the time to complete the course. The powder from the blanks dissipates by 30 feet and is safe for participants and spectators.

On Saturday evening, Mutton Bustin' marked the start of the final CPRA Rodeo Performance of the weekend, and in addition to traditional rodeo competitions, a child boot scramble and comedy routines by Rodeo Clown, JD Schulze, took place between events.

The day closed with a concert and dance that followed the rodeo, featuring the music of the Cactus Jack Band.

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