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Greeley Stampede Mission
"To celebrate our nation's independence and preserve our western heritage"

Event History
The Greeley Stampede is rich in tradition and heritage dating back to the late 1800's. This community celebration that was started to honor local potato farmers, has grown into an internationally acclaimed festival attracting over 250,000 people annually from the United States and internationally.

Officially christened the Greeley Spud Rodeo in 1922, the event featured bucking bronc riding, fancy roping, a pie eating contest, a horse race, motorcycle and bicycle races and a two-mile Model-T Ford "free for all" race. Estimated attendance in that first official festival was 2,500 people.

In an effort to give the event some national recognition the Greeley Spud Rodeo era ended and, thus, began the age of the "Go West with Greeley" Rodeo. The name taken from the famous phrase by the city's name sake, Horace Greeley, who said "Go west young man. Go west."

The Greeley Independence Stampede entitlement came in 1972 by means of a community contest and featured: Pro Rodeos; kids rodeo; country and classic rock concerts; televised July 4th parade, a demolition derby, carnival midway, western art show, free stage entertainment, mixed with food and fun galore!

Bucky & Bertha the Stampede Longhorns
The Greeley Stampede has two of the best mascot friends in the world! Bucky & Bertha, the Stampede longhorns, are known for their funny antics and soft friendly hugs. The two mascots help promote the Greeley Stampede at community parades, school functions, and Chamber of Commerce events.

During the event, Bucky & Bertha help with the daily parade in the park, mutton bustin' and the demolition derby. They also help pass out gifts from sponsors during the rodeo. Make sure to say hello to Bucky & Bertha the next time you see them.
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