Colorado Springs, CO, June 15, 2012 – Commissioner Amy Lathen, Chair of the El Paso County Board of Commissioners, joined Caitlin Kern, 2012 Girl of the West, and her, Aide, Amanda Summers (both former El Paso County Fair Queens) on horseback as part of the traditional Rodeo Token Ceremony held on the steps of the historic 1903 El Paso County Courthouse. The ceremony involves the presentation of a supersized replica of the wooden token used to pay for pancakes, eggs, juice and coffee at the upcoming Downtown Colorado Springs Street Breakfast.
Western Heritage Days are highlighted by a series of western themed events beginning with The Street Breakfast on June 20, 2012 and continuing through the El Paso County Fair at the end of July. Following the Street Breakfast and Range Ride residents and visitors alike are invited to come and enjoy to the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Parade through downtown Colorado Springs, the 72nd Annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris Penrose Equestrian Center and the El Paso County Fair at the Fairgrounds in Calhan.
The Street Breakfast is 5:30 to 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 20, in downtown Colorado Springs and costs $5. The meal will be prepared by Fort Carson volunteers. All proceeds from the breakfast go to benefit local military charities. The Range Riders will leave from the breakfast on their annual ride to promote the upcoming Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo.
The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Parade is 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10, on Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Springs.
The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo itself runs July 11 to July 14 at Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Road. More information is available at: www.coloradospringsrodeo.com
Celebration of Western Heritage Days concludes with the 107-th annual El Paso County Fair July 21-28 in Calhan. More information on the County Fair is available at: www.elpasocountyfair.com
Contact: Dave Rose
Public Information Officer
Phone: 520-6540 Cell: 337-9239