Published on May 26, 2022
A summer community celebration in the city of Greeley is not new. Since the late 1800s, residents have come together and kicked up a little dirt during the summer celebrating life in the small Western town. In 1922, that celebration had a name – the Spud Day Rodeo – named in honor of the local potato farmers. And to hear Justin Watada, General Manager of the Greeley Stampede explain it, it was “really a way that the merchants bribed the farmers to come into town. And they offered free coffee and pie, and they just had a rodeo and started that celebration.”
And how that celebration grew! Now known as the Greeley Stampede, this 10-14 day event draws hundreds of thousands of people from across the state who want to enjoy some good old fashioned Western fun: rodeos, concerts, carnivals and food on a stick.
This year, the Greeley Stampede will not only celebrate summer but also it’s 100th anniversary! Great concerts – both in the arena and the free stage in the park, new food vendors and food trucks, a brand new stage, new events such as the Whiskey and Cigar Tasting, and a bigger fireworks show are just some of the ways the Greeley Stampede plans to celebrate this milestone year.
Be sure to check out their website at https://www.greeleystampede.org/ for more information about all the events and activities and for tickets.