May snow shuts down Elbert County

Community rodeo postponed, fundraiser for building delayed

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Like much of the Denver metro area and the Colorado Front Range, Elbert County was battered by the unseasonal May snowstorm. Parts of Elbert County received over a foot of snow on the weekend starting May 20, leading to the decision to cancel many events.
 
The Elizabeth Stampede 2022 Community Rodeo, one of the first rodeo events of the season for the area, was postponed due to the inclement weather. The event was to be held at Casey Jones Park on May 21 and May 22 with several events including barrel racing, mutton bustin’, and rough stock (bares, broncs and bulls). Stampede Gymkhana was to follow the next day.
 
“We felt it was in the best interest of all the athletes, both livestock and human, as well as our volunteers, to postpone the Elizabeth Stampede Community Rodeo to a later date,” Elizabeth Stampede president Traci McClain wrote in an online correspondence on May 23. “With that much snow on the ground, the footing might not have remained as consistent as we had liked, and we didn’t want to risk any humans or animals getting injured. Additionally, extreme fluctuations in temperature like we experienced with highs in the 80s on Thursday to highs in the 30s on Saturday, can be difficult on livestock and we did not want to place added pressure on them by asking them to execute extremely athletic performances. We felt it would be better to rest and find a date with more suitable weather conditions for the Community Rodeo.”
 
McClain said the Elizabeth Stampede Board has not decided on a date to reschedule the community rodeo, though she anticipates that it will take place late in the summer.
 
The town of Elbert also experience significant snowfall, leading the Elbert Woman’s Club to postpone their breakfast and plant sale event. The event was to raise money for the Russell Gates Mercantile Building, Elbert’s unofficial community center.
 
“The hall and kitchen were already set up for the 22nd, so we had to get everything put away for other functions that week. We also had to ensure that we had workers for another day. Unfortunately, not all who were scheduled can volunteer on a different day,” said Irene Brown, president of the Elbert Woman’s Club. “We hope the attendance at the make-up event will be enough to support the breakfast and plant sale.”
 
The event was rescheduled for Sunday, May 29.
Colorado, Elbert County, Elizabeth, snow, May

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