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Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo celebrates Academy Day

The Bird rides “shotgun” during last year’s Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. Photo by Mike Kaplan

The Bird rides “shotgun” during last year’s Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. Photo by Mike Kaplan

By Academy Spirit staff


Saturday is Air Force Academy and Family Day at the 69th Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo with a rodeo performance starting at 1 p.m.

“The 69th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo is bigger and better than ever this year and ready to bust out of the chute,” said Kevin Estrem, president of the rodeo board. “This year’s rodeo is ‘Ready to Ride’ with more excitement and new entertainment.”

“The edge-of-your-seat rodeo action will include steer wrestling, bareback bronc riding, tie-down roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, mutton bustin’, women’s barrel racing and bull riding, with PRCA Comedy Act of the Year and WNFR Barrel Man, Gizmo McCracken,” he added.

The relationship between the PPOB rodeo and the area military goes back 63 years.

“Since 1946, the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo Days has donated proceeds to charitable programs and services benefiting local military personnel and their families,” Mr. Estrem said.

Tickets are available for $10, $15, & $25 with all seats reserved.  As always discounts are available for groups, seniors, military and children.  Tickets are available by calling TicketsWest at (866) 464-2626 or online at or at the following locations:  World Arena Box Office, Citadel Mall

Info Booth and all King Soopers locations.  Additional ticket information is available at

To get to the Norris-Penrose Event Center with its 5,700 spectator spaces, at 1045 Rio Grande, from downtown’s West Cimarron Street, go south on South 21st Street, then east on Rio Grande. Parking at the Norris-Penrose Events Center is $5 per car.

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association sanctions the rodeo. It is ranked in the top 26 professional rodeos in North America.

For more information, visit, or call (719) 635-1101.

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