Letter from the President

President’s Welcome

Welcome to the 2018 Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Series! We hope you are as excited to be here as we are! The Rodeo is now in its 14th season and promises to be as fun and exciting as ever! Lots of great rodeo action, good food and good friends are at the rodeo every Thursday night all summer.

The roof over the bleachers, the new announcer’s stand and the new sound system at the arena are now in place and have a season of use. All accounts are favorable and it looks like those improvements will serve us well for years to come! A big thanks to the Garfield County Mineral Lease District and matching funds by the Town of Carbondale and the CWWRA Board made it happen! Rodeo fans and contestants alike enjoyed the new picnic pavillion this last season, courtesy of the Turnbull Family. We look for the pavillion to be a gathering place year round.

Again this year, we will have the traditional Grand Entry start to the rodeo each week! We will once again be offering two $1,000 scholarships to deserving contestants or volunteers for use in a college or trade school. Watch for application details on the CWWRA web site. In addition, “Time to Ride”, brought to you by Alpine Animal Hospital will be back for 4 weeks in July and August, watch the web site for details. We will again present the “Trent Goscha Sportsmanship Award”, given to a deserving rodeo and/or Gymkhana participant. Watch for details on the web site regarding how to nominate someone that you feel deserves this award. We will also be presenting a new saddle at the end of the season to the top money winner in two events or more (All-Around Winner).

As always, we have many people to thank this year, because without these individuals and groups, the rodeo series would not be possible. So, in no particular order, here we go!

First a big thank you to our sponsors. Without the sponsorship of numerous businesses and individuals, we would not have the financial ability to do this. New sponsors are always welcome, so if you are looking for a great way to advertise and support the rodeo at the same time, please talk to us. We urge all the spectators and contestants alike, to support these sponsors who support the CWWRA!

We would like to thank the contestants young and old, who show up week after week and compete, putting on an excellent show for everyone to enjoy. We especially appreciate the young competitors and their parents who support them. They will carry the rodeo into the future!

Next, we would like to thank you ……. The spectators who support the rodeo with your presence, week after week, rain or shine. We love your enthusiasm for the sport of rodeo and we hope that you enjoy the rodeo series we all have worked hard to bring to Carbondale every year.

Lastly, we would like to thank the volunteers who show up every week and help make this rodeo happen. Without these volunteers (in the red shirts), we could not produce this rodeo series. So if you see one of these dedicated people, please tell them “thank you”. They will appreciate that you noticed!

The Carbondale Wild West Rodeo Association (CWWRA) is a non-profit 501(c) (3) corporation dedicated to keeping the Western Heritage alive in Carbondale. It is run by a volunteer Board of Directors who spend countless hours planning and producing the Rodeo Series with no financial compensation. Your other CWWRA board members are V. Pres. vacant, Sec. Melanie Cardiff, Treas. Tom Harrington and director Mike Goscha.

The Board sincerely hopes you enjoy the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo! If you have questions, please feel free to ask one of the volunteers or stop by the Secretary’s shed and someone will assist you.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to a great 2018 Rodeo Season!

Mike Kennedy, President