July 11 is Academy day at Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo

Cadet 2nd Class Joseph Scioscia III takes Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo queens on a tour of the U.S. Air Force Academy Visitor Center and Cadet Chapel July 8. The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo will take place at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., July 8-11. July 11 is Air Force Academy and Family Day at the Rodeo, which donates its proceeds to local military charities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan)

Cadet 2nd Class Joseph Scioscia III takes Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo queens on a tour of the U.S. Air Force Academy Visitor Center and Cadet Chapel July 8. The Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo will take place at the Norris-Penrose Event Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., July 8-11. July 11 is Air Force Academy and Family Day at the Rodeo, which donates its proceeds to local military charities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan)

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- July 11 is Air Force Academy and Family Day at the 69th Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo with a rodeo performance starting at 1 p.m.

"The 69th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo is bigger and better than ever this year and ready to bust out of the chute," said Kevin Estrem, president of the rodeo board. "This year's rodeo is 'Ready to Ride' with more excitement and new entertainment."

"The edge-of-your-seat rodeo action will include Steer Wrestling, Bareback Bronc Riding, Tie-down Roping, Saddle Bronc Riding, Team Roping, Mutton Bustin', Women's Barrel Racing and Bull Riding, with PRCA Comedy Act of the Year and WNFR Barrel Man, Gizmo McCracken," he added.

The relationship between the PPOB rodeo and the area military goes back 63 years.
"Since 1946, the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days has donated proceeds to charitable programs and services benefiting local military personnel and their families," Mr. Estrem said.

Tickets are available for $10, $15 and $25 with all seats reserved. As always discounts are available for groups, seniors, military and children. Tickets are available by calling TicketsWest at 866-464-2626 or online at http://www.ticketswest.com or at the World Arena Box Office, Citadel Mall Info Booth and all King Soopers locations. Additional ticket information is available at http://www.coloradospringsrodeo.com.

To get to the Norris-Penrose Event Center from downtown's West Cimarron Street, go south on South 21st Street, then east on West Fountain Blvd. Parking at the Norris-Penrose Events Center is $5 per car.

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association sanctions the rodeo. It is ranked in the top 26 professional rodeos in North America.

For more information, visit http://www.coloradospringsrodeo.com or call 719-635-1101.

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