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Rounding up support

Moffat County vying to host rodeo finals

Moffat County will go up against two other communities in a bid to get the 2006 and 2007 Colorado High School Rodeo Association state finals rodeo.

Jefferson and Lamar counties are submitting proposals to host the five-day event, which is expected to bring 580 visitors.

Moffat County Fairgrounds Supervisor Bill Sixkiller thinks there’s a good chance of winning.

“Everybody is working really well together to get this event here,” he said.

Groups who have booked the arena in June have said they are willing to change their dates if the state rodeo finals are scheduled.

Moffat County has what it would take — a main arena, a practice arena, an indoor area and concession areas. What the facility lacks are items listed as “optional” — 80 RV hookups and a larger indoor arena.

“That’s the big thing that could hurt us here,” he said.

Many contestants sleep in their horse trailers, but the association requested the availability of at least 150 hotel rooms.

There’s one area in which Moffat County is likely to exceed other offers — more than $10,000 has been raised to contribute to the CHSRA scholarship foundation. The association requires a contribution of at least $5,000 to the fund, but when Craig resident Jackie Roberts heard that Jefferson County was going to give $10,000, she made it her goal to beat that. The city and county each have donated $2,500, and private businesses have dedicated $5,000.

Roberts said she’s still waiting to hear from several other businesses about the amount of their contributions.

Those donating have made a two-year commitment to provide those funds. The $5,000 scholarship donation must be made in 2006 and 2007 to win the bid.

Although the buy-in seems high, the benefit outweighs it, Roberts said.

CHSRA estimates that each person who comes to the event spends $125 a day, for a total of nearly $70,000 a day and a grand total of $337,500.

“It’s somewhat of a prestigious deal to have state finals here,” Sixkiller said. “If we’re successful at that, it might help us to get some other events.”

A final decision is expected before this year’s state rodeo finals, scheduled for late June.

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