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2017 | Jerry and Sandy Helgeson

Each year since 1928, the Greeley Stampede has recognized outstanding citizens for their many community and regional contributions to Northern Colorado. The Stampede is happy to announce Jerry and Sandy Helgeson as the Grand Marshals for the 96th Annual Greeley Stampede.

“Having known Jerry and Sandy for quite some time, it’s an honor to have them officially as part of our Greeley Stampede family,” said John DeWitt, General Chairman of the Greeley Stampede Committee.

“What a surprise when we were asked to be Grand Marshals by the Greeley Stampede Committee. We feel so honored to be a part of this wonderful organization and humbled to be a part of the amazing group of Grand Marshals who have come before us”, Jerry and Sandy Helgeson said when asked to be the Grand Marshals for the 2017 Greeley Stampede.

Jerry and Sandy have been resident of Greeley and Windsor for 41 years. Their daughters graduated from Greeley West and Sandy has her degree from UNC. Jerry graduated from Minot State University with a degree in business.

Jerry owned American Eagle Distributorship in Northern Colorado for 40 years before retiring in 2015. While in business, his company was one of the top 50 family-owned companies in Colorado, ranked #33. In addition to receiving several top awards with Anheuser-Busch over the years, Jerry has served on bank boards in Weld County as well as the Greeley Chamber of Commerce and volunteering for fundraising on several organizations. He helped develop a program at CSU in Brewing Operations, was awarded the Bravo Entrepreneur Award in 2016 by BizWest, awarded the Loveland Chamber Large Business of the Year award in 2012, is a certified pilot and was the Easter Bunny at the White House Easter Egg Roll during the Obama administration.

After raising their two daughters, Susan and Julie, Sandy went back to school at UNC and got her masters degree in Psychology. She has done volunteer work for several organizations in addition to serving on the Board of Directors for NCMC Foundation, A Kid’s Place, and currently the Boys and Girls Club of Weld County.

Jerry and Sandy remember when their daughters were young, they all did volunteer work with the Jaycees at the Greeley Stampede. “Our daughters have fond memories of the carnival rides, rodeos and shows,” Jerry said. “Our daughters are now mothers and we are proud grandparents to five beautiful grandchildren. We hope to introduce them to cowboy boots and rodeos this year.” Jerry and Sandy are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year and feel this honor of being Grand Marshals is the icing on the cake.

We will recognize the Stampede Foundation recipients and officially introduce our event Grand Marshals at our June 1st Kickoff Luncheon. Individual tickets are $5, table reservations are $40 for eight guests. Please call 970-356-7787 for tickets.

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Previous Grand Marshals


2016 Gene and Julie Haffner
2015 Bob & Ann Ghent 1994 Dewey & Dorothy Zabka 1973 Frank Edward Newman
2014 Mike & Nomie Ketterling 1993 Bob & Betty Tointon 1972 J. Warrach Norcross
2013 Bill & Sharon Farr 1992 John & Tate Todd 1971 Henry Hibbs and Warren Monfort
2012 Bill & Sylvia Webster 1991 Duane & Dorothy Francis 1970 John W. Allnutt
2011 Harold & Carol Evans 1990 Joe & Joan Tennessen 1969 Andy Campbell
2010 Norm & Bonnie Dean 1989 Bob & Ludie Dickenson 1968 W.R. Kelly
2009 Pete & Jean Morrell 1988 Martin Candelaria 1967 Carl C. Tams
2008 Kay Norton 1987 Wendell Fuller 1966 Walter L. McCall & Leslie R. Leahe
2007 Wes Sargent 1986 Harold & Florence Winograd 1965 Tom Welsh
2006 Manuel Sisneros 1985 W.D. Farr 1964 Dr. William R. Ross
2005 Lee Yoder 1984 Hiroshi Tateyama 1963 Tony Keltner
2004 Brian Gary & Todd Harding 1983 Dale Hinman 1962 Harry W. Farr
2003 George & Betty Hall 1982 John Hancock 1961 Gus Anderson
2002 Dick & Chris Monfort 1981 Carroll Gilbert 1960 Gus Anderson
2001 Joe & Val Vickeralli 1980 Larry McArthur 1959 Mr. & Mrs. Charles E. Southard
2000 Buck & Patsy Moskalski 1979 Judge Donald Carpenter 1958 Tom Mawson
1999 Carl & Joanne Hill 1978 Ken Monfort 1957 Tom Mawson
1998 Joe & Michelle Glenn 1977 Earl & Rosalie Steele 1956 Tom Mawson
1997 Hank & Nan Brown 1976 Stow Witwer 1955 Tom Mawson
1996 Vic & Edye Nottingham 1975 Hazel E. Johnson 1954 Tom Mawson
1995 Paul & Jean Hoshiko 1974 Herbert A. Jacobsen


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