Greeley Stampede has been a colorful part of Greeley's activities
for almost 90 years.
rodeo began in 1922 and was first called the Spud Rodeo
in honor of the potato being the major crop of the town. The name
was changed to the Go West With Greeley Rodeo in 1949. It
became the Greeley Independence Stampede in 1972. In 2003,
the name was changed to Rocky Mountain Stampede. In 2005,
the name became the Greeley Stampede once again.
1942, World War II was going on and that changed the rodeo activities.
The fireworks were banned to save the gunpowder for the
war effort. All soldiers and sailors in uniform were able to come
to the rodeo for free. An army officer was invited to the parade
to review the troops in the parade. However, he was not able to
get to his seat in the stands because a MP (military police) officer
stopped him because the street was blocked for the parade.
rodeo began as a one day event and has grown to more than week long
first rodeos featured such events as bucking bronc riding, fancy
roping, a pie eating contest, a horse race, motorcycle race and
The traditional rodeo celebration includes all of the rodeo events
that take place during both weeks, along with parades, barbecues,
Flapjack Feeds, carnival, concerts, dances,
plays, and watermelon feed.
The Stampede is having trouble making enough money.
They hope to improve the Stampede so that this yearly tradition may continue.