Community events open fair and rodeo

Steer drive and parade bring community to downtown Castle Rock

Posted 7/31/18

Two community celebrations helped kick off the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo over the weekend — the Western Heritage Welcome, which includes a steer drive through downtown Castle Rock, and a parade …

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Community events open fair and rodeo

Steer drive and parade bring community to downtown Castle Rock

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Two community celebrations helped kick off the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo over the weekend — the Western Heritage Welcome, which includes a steer drive through downtown Castle Rock, and a parade the following morning.

On July 27 the traditional Western Heritage Welcome began shortly after 6 p.m. despite heavy rains. Cowhands drove a herd of longhorn steers from Rock Park to Festival Park as onlookers huddled together under umbrellas, cheering on the cowhands.

“We just thought this would be such a fun thing to see,” said Chiara Bialkowski, who attended with her sons Robert, 4, and Dillon, 2.

On July 28, a parade entertained residents who lined streets throughout the downtown.

Hayden Mcavenia moved to Castle Rock in 1995 and has attended the parade since 1996. On July 28 he brought his wife, Zoe, and their two sons, Killian, 2, and Arlo, 6 months.

“We did it every year and we also volunteered at the fair,” Hayden said of going to the parade while growing up in Castle Rock. “I love bringing my kids to it now.”

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