Wild Wild West Festival in Pueblo, CO
Giddy-up for one of the best western-style festivals in the U.S.
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Pueblo, Colorado--home to the Professional Bull Riders Association since July 2007--is happy to host the annual Wild Wild West Fest in the middle of May. Started in May 2009 by PBR officials looking for a way to thank their new Pueblo neighbors for the warm welcome and to play a larger role in the Pueblo community, the Wild Wild West Fest is a joint initiative with the Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce.
Held at the Colorado State Fairgrounds
The annual event, which concludes each night with the elite Built Ford Tough Series Pueblo Invitational at the Colorado State Fair Events Center, expanded in 2010 to include authentic cowboy, Native American and mountain men villages, hot-air balloons and famed Native American recording artists Brule. There are several activities for families including Mutton Bustin’, carnival rides, street vendors, a jazz festival, a chili cook-off, shopping and much more.
“The second-annual Wild, Wild West Festival featured several new attractions, including a hot-air balloon flyover each day and an expanded Fan Zone and entertainment area,” said Rod Slyhoff, president, Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce. “A commemorative Wild, Wild West Festival appliqué will be provided to festival visitors who make a $2 donation.”
“It’s going to take a few years, but I’m hoping that Wild Wild West Fest will someday reach the popularity of other such renowned western icon gatherings as the Calgary Stampede in Canada and Cheyenne Days in Wyoming,” says Randy Bernard, CEO of the Professional Bull Riders Association. “We aren’t taking shortcuts in growing Wild Wild West Fest and will always strive to keep it first class. So every mid-May from now on, we want to help make Pueblo a destination for many, many tourists.”
Bernard points out that the Wild Wild West Fest features something for everyone.
“Bull riding is one event, yet a juried art show is another,” Bernard says. “We will continue to add interesting attractions as we progress, but like I said, the ultimate goal is to make Wild Wild West Fest one of the premier attractions for Pueblo and this entire region each year.”
More than 100 million viewers around the world annually watch Professional Bull Riders events on TV, and 1 million people actually attend PBR rodeos each year.
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