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The arena filled with cowboys and cowgirls Sunday, June 25 during the 96th Annual Greeley Stampede American Bull Fighting event sponsored by Colorado Chevy Dealers. The event kicked off with the entrance of the 15 competitors in the back of 5 brand-new Chevy pickup trucks as well as a flag presentation by 2017 Miss Rodeo Colorado, Kelsie Winslow. Announcer Wayne Wise lead the charge for the afternoon events, and he worked hand-in-hand with stock contractor Kevin Rich to produce an unforgettable show. To add another dimension to the performance, American Bull Fighting also featured a special music performance of Bryan Thomas including his hard hitting lyrics and unmatched harmonica sound.

American Bull Fighting is truly man against beast, with modern-day gladiators risking everything in a ninety second match. The rodeo athletes are judged on how well they maneuver around a Mexican fighting bull. Death defying feats are attempted such as jumping over a bull and staying within inches of the bull’s head; a trick that was attempted by nearly every fighter on Sunday afternoon.

After two rounds of competition the final placings landing as follows: Ely Sharkey in 3rd place, Sam Martinez in 2nd, and winning the 2017 American Bull Fighting at the Greeley Stampede was Noah Krepps.

The cowboys continue to test their skills on Monday, June 26th at 7:00pm at the PRCA Xtreme Bulls performance sponsored by Bank of Colorado. The PRCA Pro Rodeo series commences on Tuesday, June 27 -June 30, and July1 - 2 with finals on Monday, July 3.

ABOUT THE GREELEY STAMPEDE: The Greeley Stampede, a 501(c)4 nonprofit corporation, is the Colorado’s premiere summer western celebration. This longstanding event has grown in diversity and popularity since its inception and has provided music and rodeo entertainment to hundreds of thousands of people every summer. The Stampede was inducted in the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2014 and the event was named 2015 Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) Mountain States Large Rodeo of the Year. The Stampede will be celebrating its 96th annual event June 23 – July 4, 2017. For more information about the Greeley Stampede visit


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