Created: Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:47:00 MST
Updated: Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:14:13 MST
COLLBRAN, Colo. -- When celebrating America's birthday during the Fourth of July weekend, why not go all the way back to the days of the Wild West. That's how folks in Collbran have done it for the past 100 years at the Plateau Valley Heritage Days rodeo and festival.
The celebration started Wednesday, and goes through Friday, with a standard Colorado Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) event that featured all your standard rodeo staples, such as mutton bustin', bareback bronc riding, and steer wrestling, among others.
Additionally, Thursday's festivities highlighted a special cause. It was their "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" night, to help raise money for breast cancer with a raffle, and the prize? A 220 to 240 lb. pig donated and processed for you free of charge.
"We celebrate our heritage and old-fashioned Americana. So we start out with some local events, then we move on to our rodeo. We've added a concert, things like that. Tonight is our 'Tough Enough to Wear Pink' night where we support breast cancer," said Rodeo Organizer Tammy Walsh.
"It started years ago, and they've really done a lot with it here in the community, I believe. There's been several women in the community that have breast cancer, and so they've gotta go out of their way to make sure they're recognized, and raising money for a good cause," added Bennie Patrick a.k.a "Bennie Bob", the rodeo clown.
Plateau Valley Heritage Days continues through July 4th, with another rodeo, and fireworks to follow. You can buy tickets at the gate at the Collbran Rodeo Grounds -- adults are $12 apiece, senior citizens and children age 6-12 are $10, and children age 5 and under get free admission.
Finally, Walsh said many are shying away from Collbran since May's mudslide, but she wanted to stress that it is safe to visit the small town.
For more information, you can visit http://www.pvheritagedays.com/index.html.