Canon City Rodeo Association

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2017 First Annual Royal Gorge Youth Rodeo, May 5th, 7 pm

Free Admission

Requesting donations for Tough Enough To Wear Pink, all proceeds will be going to Orchard of Hope and staying local in our community.

Rodeo fans and contestants, please help us support this cause with your donations and don't forget to wear your pink.

Thank you to everyone everyone who came out to support the 1st Annual Royal Gorge Youth Rodeo, we hope you enjoyed the event!

Contest details:

Junior/MIni-Bulls and Mini-Broncs (bareback & saddle) - Junior National Finals Qualifying Events - $75 entry fee, up to age 17

Mutton Bustin - $20 entry fee.  Must be under 60 pounds.  Two age groups: up to 6 and 7-8

Stick Horse Race - up to age 5

Calf Scramble - up to age 12

Boot Race - Two age groups - up to 6 and 7-12

Goat Ribbon Race - up to 5

Goat Dressing Contest - 5 teams, 2 kids per up to age12, $10 entry fee

Adult Wild Cow Milking - 10 teams, 4 members per team, $150 fee per team (winners get pot to donate to charity of their choice)

Announcements and Posting at the Rodeo take precedence over all online and printed materials

James Griffin

At this year's First Annual Royal Gorge Youth Rodeo, we will be honoring the dedicated volunteer service of James D Griffin.  Jim was a lifetime member of the Canon City Rodeo Association, he passed away in September 2016.

The Griffin name has been well recognized in the history of Canon City.  The Griffin's built the first home there and since the founding of Canon City, there has always been one, or more, Grifin family residing here.  On August 17, 1942, James M. and Irene Griffin gave birth to their first of two children, James D Griffin.  At the time, they lived up on Oak Creek Grade and that was where Jim was raised, as a child and learned the ways of a cowboy. As time went by, Jim and his family moved around a bit.  He graduated high school in Puyallup, Washington and attended college in Merced, California, but ended up back in Canon City in the early 1960's.  In his early adult days, Jim was known to have loved riding bulls and racing cars.  Neither of which made money enough to raise a family, so, he became more career oriented.  Throughout his working years, Jim held jobs ranging anywhere from a voice on the local radio station, to driving trucks, to building houses.  He was heard saying many times, "No matter what you do in life, do it to the best of your ability".  This was also a man that never accepted the word "failure".  He would say, "you didn't fail, you just figured out what's not gonna work".  After Jim retired, he lived in Penrose at the home of his nephew, where he took care of his one true love, horses, and produced some real impressive art work.  Jim was a very giving person.  If he knew someone in need, he would be the first to offer support or lend a helping hand.  Jim truly would give you the shirt off his back.  It was also at this time he was able to volunteer and give back to his community by getting involved with the rodeo association.  In closing, you would be hard pressed to find another man that knew as much about a vast number of topics and the willingness to share his knowledge with anyone that would sit and listen to him talk.  Jim had a story or anecdote for just about every situation in life and as for anyone that knew him, you know he loved to talk.  He was definitely a one of a kind and will be missed.