The Best “Small Town-Big Time” Rodeo
The Gunnison Cattlemen’s Days Rodeo Committee survived the storms and uncertainty of the last two years and emerged to stage an incredible series of events for our 121st Cattlemen’s Days celebration. We are humbled and extremely grateful by how our Cattlemen’s Days family and the community stepped up to pull our 2021 Rodeo together and made it happen. Crisis and challenge in our close community showed how strong and resilient we truly are and what really is important. Thank you to each and every one who made Cattlemen’s Days a success from all of us on the Rodeo Committee.
We are making the best “Small Town-Big Time” rodeo even better, and are building on our #1 TETWP initiative to bring amazing talent and events to our Gunnison valley again. Each of these fun-filled events gives us the opportunity to support our community’s needs, assist those going through cancer, and fund college and youth scholarships. In little and big ways, Cattlemen’s Days makes an impact and becomes a heartfelt part of all of our stories.
We’re set to launch into the Roaring Rodeo 20’s and move Cattlemen’s Days into the future while maintaining our western heritage and roots to the Gunnison valley ranching community. You’ll see some needed new technologies and updates to Cattlemen’s Days going forward, including coverage by The Cowboy Channel, new events, and concerts, and we are so excited to be able to share and include EVERYONE in our celebration this year. Let’s break some records Gunnison!
GUNNISON CATTLEMEN’S DAYS RODEO COMMITTEE
80 Years of Horsemanship
Put your skills to the test in the Open Horse Show. Click here for an entry form, fee information, classes, and deadline dates.
Cattlemen’s Days Ambassadors
Meet our Queen and her court. Serving as the public face of Cattlemen’s Days 4-H and PRCA rodeo contestants & spectators.
Cattlemen’s Days, a Rich Gunnison Valley Tradition
The rodeo started out in the 1800’s between spring calving and summer haying, a time when area ranchers took a break to test their skills with riding and roping contests on Main Street. In the early years, the event added horse races and tried out various names such as Pioneer Days and the Helldorado Stampede. By 1901, the celebration came under the sponsorship of the Gunnison Valley Stockgrowers Association and the rodeo officially adopted the name “Cattlemen’s Days.”
Between 1913 and 1928, the rodeo and race events moved to the campus of Colorado Normal School, now Western State Colorado University, using the school’s track and stands. The celebration moved back downtown from 1929 to 1936. When the Cattlemen’s Days Association was created, it built facilities at the current site.
Check out the Gunnison County Library’s archive of Cattlemen’s Days memorabilia.
The Granddaddy of Colorado Rodeos
By Doug and Mary Lou Nemanic
What’s Your Cattlemen’s Days Story?
Cattlemen’s Days has been a big part of Gunnison heritage for over 120 years. We are looking for historical photos, videos, and personal recollections of past Cattlemen’s Days events to feature on this website and social media. There is so much to share! Were you in the parade? Did you or your kids participate in 4-H events? Did you watch a friend get bucked off in mutton bustin’ or a bull ride? We want to hear about it! Use our contact form to share your story.