Back in the saddle again

County aims to return Little Britches to Maybell

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Until last year, Maybell had hosted a Little Britches Rodeo for 30 years.

But deteriorating conditions at the Maybell arena forced organizers to move the event to the Moffat County Fairgrounds in Craig.

"It's not too big a deal having to do it in Craig, but it's kind of weird not doing it in Maybell," Little Britches Board Member Bret Steele said.

The Moffat County commissioners are hoping to return the Little Britches Rodeo to its hometown. They're applying for a grant from the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund that would be used to fix the arena.

"It needs a lot of fixing up to get it into shape," Steele said.

The Little Britches Rodeo Board is hoping to receive $40,000, which will be used to build new grandstands, stock holding pens, announcer stands and restrooms at the 30-year-old arena.

The county will provide $4,000 in cash to match the grant, and Little Britches Rodeo supporters will provide the labor to make the repairs.

In previous years, Commissioner Darryl Steele said, Little Britches Rodeo supporters provided as much as one full week of work to prepare the arena.

"For years, we've just kind of pitched in, got equipment and done what we needed to do, but the repairs have overtaken it," Bret Steele said.

2004 was the first year the event wasn't held in Maybell.

The Little Britches Rodeo is held once a year.

A trail riding association holds an event at the Maybell arena, and cattle roping events are also hosted there.

The commissioners will apply for the grant in early March. If the application is successful, part of the grant will be used to erect a fence around the Maybell Cemetery.

The commissioners also are considering applying for a Great Outdoors Colorado grant to provide handicap access at facilities in Sherman Youth Camp.

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