GREELEY, Colo. (CBS4)– An annual tradition is still going strong in Greeley despite flooding that threatened to put an end to this year’s celebration.
The historic Greeley Stampede kicked off on Friday. The event has been a tradition in Northern Colorado for 92 years.
Earlier this month flooding along the Cache la Poudre impacted stables and parking areas but now there’s no trace of the water that threatened to put the brakes on the Stampede.
The Stampede is a big economic boost for the region with 300,000 people expected to attend. That includes visitors from 22 countries worldwide.
Organizers hope this year’s event raises $3 million.
Traditional events include rodeo bull fighting and concerts but this year planners hope to broaden their appeal with new events like a BMX competition.
“I think we’ll reach a younger crowd but at the same time it’s kind of a family thing so we want people to, families to be able to enjoy themselves while they’re here,” said Greeley Stampede spokesman Andy Segal.
After last month’s flooding, planners expressed concern the mosquito population would soar and pose a risk to horses and other livestock. So far that hasn’t been a problem.