Dear Editor: I would like to thank all of those involved with making the 2004 Carbondale Rodeo a huge success. I hesitate to begin to list the names for fear of leaving someone out, but I feel compelled to highlight some of those that were most instrumental in making this event happen.Given the uncertainty that surrounded the rodeo at the beginning of summer, I would first like to thank the business community for coming to the rescue and financially supporting the event (especially John Colson with the Valley Journal). Without their backing, this event would have folded. The next time you see a sponsor, please thank them with your business. Second, I would like to thank Jeff Jackel from the Town’s Recreation Department for his work in getting the arena ready for the rodeo every Thursday night. Jeff and his crew worked hard to make the venue look great!Third, I would like to thank Kathy Ortiz of Big Mama’s catering. Kathy did me a personal favor to show up at the first rodeo and provide food and soft drinks, not knowing how many people would attend. By the third week, we were both very surprised by the turnout. (The kids love Big Mama.) Fourth, I would like to thank the promoter, Roger Frahm of Rim Rock Rodeo, for giving Carbondale another chance and providing a great show week after week. Fifth, a big thanks to the cowboys and cowgirls who participated in the event. Believe it or not, we had participants that came from Craig, every week, to participate. As the summer progressed, it was fun to watch the same contestants get better and better.Last but not least, I would like to thank the community for coming out and supporting the rodeo. I received many positive comments about how much fun it was to bring the family to the rodeo. As much success as we had this year, we are looking to make the rodeo bigger and better in 2005. Many have the same vision as I – to make this event a Carbondale icon. This event captures our Western heritage and sense of community as well as anything.The finals rodeo will be held on Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. in conjunction with Oktoberfest. We look forward to seeing you all there. Thanks again and Yeeeehaaaaa!Dave WeimerCarbondaleCarbondale
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