From its founding on April 16, 1889, Montezuma County has enjoyed a strong connection with the ranching community.
Therefore, when this year’s Ranch Rodeo takes place at the Montezuma County Fairgrounds on the evening of Aug. 2, a unique piece of the local area’s essence will be showcased and honored.
Hosted by Zane O’Dell and part of this year’s Montezuma County Fair, the Ranch Rodeo will feature numerous tasks that are meant to simulate work that is performed ranches on a daily basis.
Teams of ranchers will have the opportunity to separate stock, rope, pen and load calves, steers and fully grown cattle as quickly as possible while pushing themselves and their horses to the limits during what promises to be an exciting event.
“(Ranch rodeos), they show what (ranchers) do on a daily basis,” said Isiah Ethington, who works on ranches throughout Montezuma County. “One of the greatest parts of this country is the ranching community, and we know that (God) is watching us every time that we trot out.”
While the ranchers who compete in this year’s Ranch Rodeo will do so in hopes of winning the prize money that will be awarded to top teams, the event will be about far more than financial gain or bragging rights.
“For me and my family, we’re fifth-generation right here in the county,” Montezuma County resident Hardy Tozer said while competing in last year’s event. “Ranching is what I do, and who I am. It’s not a nine-to-five job. It’s your life.”
Those interested in observing this year’s Ranch Rodeo while becoming acquainted with an important part of Montezuma County’s history and culture are encouraged to stop by the Montezuma County Fairgrounds on Friday.
Teams wishing to participate in this year’s event must be registered by 6 p.m. Competition is slated to begin at 7 p.m.