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Summit Up 1-3-10


Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column amped about observing some fine animal husbandry in t-minus one week.

We’re shining up our boots and ironing our pearl-snap shirts to rise with the sun and drive to Denver.

A multitude of the most well-bred beasts in the colorful state of Colorado will be on display Jan. 9-24 for the National Western Stock Show.

Once we’ve filled our camera’s SD card with images of primped pigs and combed cattle, we’ll follow our noses to the authentic deep-fried corn dogs and Twinkies. We’ll chomp into barbecue-sauce-slathered beef and maybe drop in a funnel-cake for good measure.

As our digestive systems work through the heap of cholesterol-drenched vittles, we’ll take a load off at the Mexican rodeo.

Last year this event’s music, pyrotechnics and acts of daring bravery was worth the trip to Denver in itself.

And we’re no strangers to well-orchestrated rodeos. Such events along Colorado’s Western Slope – in quaint locales like Gunnison and Ridgway – have been well worth the ten bucks or so for entry.

The Ridgway rodeo occurs every July 4. One recent year, we managed to meander into the bullrider staging area where we straddled some boards above a gated monster.

A tough young cowboy hopped on the angry bovine, the gate popped open and the bull reared back its horn – nearly impaling our calf.

The rider hung on for a solid eight seconds then tumbled to the ground, scrambling for safety.

The smells of large animals and cotton candy, sights of rodeo clowns and bucking broncos, and sounds of crackling PAs manned by silly personalities make for quite the authentic experience.

Denver’s event this next weekend includes all the important elements, as well as an expo with nearly all the items you see advertised “As seen on TV,” fine leather goods, rare coins and much more.

It could be the city’s finest cultural experience.


Well folks, the holidays are over and many tomorrow will clock in with a few extra pounds and a resolution or two.

We encourage you to make the most of the next decade, and don’t forget to read the newspaper!

It’s Sunday, and we’re patching up our jeans for a big trip to the city.

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