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Summer Rodeo Bucket List: Gunnison Cattlemen’s Days 2021

Earning itself the title, the “Granddaddy of Colorado Rodeos,” The Cattlemen’s Days Rodeo is ready to put on a show that is sure to “wow!” its audience as it celebrates their western heritage with three thrilling PRCA rodeo performances occurring July 15th, 16th, and 17th!

About Gunnison Cattlemen’s Days

While the rodeo has been making a splash since the 1900s when they used to run the cattle right into town, Gunnison’s weeklong rodeo celebration each July is what has put Cattlemen’s Days on the map. This year you can expect the fun to start even sooner with the fun kicking off with the Cattlemen’s Days TETWP Songwriter Shuffle on July 1st & 2nd. Then leading up to the PRCA rodeo performances, the Cattlemen’s Days rodeo celebration includes everything from 4-H shows, a local carnival, and so much more! While the real show is delivered in the rodeo arena and family fun is provided all week long, what makes Cattlemen’s Days stand out is its dedication to awareness and fundraising for one of the rodeo world’s most well-known organizations: Tough Enough to Wear Pink. Look for more on their efforts below!

Cattlemen’s Day Schedule

July 1st & 2nd | Cattlemen’s Days TETWP Songwriter Shuffle

Enjoy an outdoor evening of live music and friendship in the majestic mountains of the Gunnison Valley. The Songwriter Shuffle features Nashville Singer Songwriters performing at the finest local homes.  Music will be played throughout the night, guests will stay in one place while the songwriters rotate through each home.  Appetizers, dinner, dessert, and cocktails will be provided from local restaurants.  This is a fundraiser for Cattlemen’s Days Tough Enough To Wear Pink to continue efforts to support cancer prevention, detection, and individual support for those diagnosed in the Gunnison community.

July 2nd-10th | Various 4-H Shows & Auction | See website for details

July 4th @ 7:30 | TETWP Concert at the I Bar Ranch

Featuring Chancey Williams and the Younger Brothers Band
Camping Opens at 2PM, Gates Open at 4PM, Surprise Nashville Openers.
Showtime 7:30PM, Fireworks 9:30PM

July 11th | Mutton Bustin & Ranch Rodeo

July 12th | Cattlemen’s Days Ranch Team Sort

July 13th | Watershed Barrel Race

July 14th | Watershed Team Roping & Evening Carnival

July 15th @ 7pm | Cattlemen’s Days Tough Enough to Wear Pink Rodeo & Evening Carnival

The #1 Tough Enough To Wear Pink PRCA Rodeo in the Country! Make sure to wear PINK.

July 16th @ 7pm | Patriot Night & Evening Carnival

Everybody wear RED, WHITE, & BLUE!

July 17th

Cattlemen’s Days Parade 10:00 AM
PRCA Evening Rodeo | Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy Night | 7pm (Dance to Follow)

Ticket Information

Every night is family night!

Adult Ticket, Grandstand: $25
Adult Ticket, General Admission: $20

Kid’s Ticket, Grandstand: $10 (ages 12 and under free with a paid adult ticket)
Kid’s Ticket, General Admission: $5 (ages 12 and under free with a paid adult ticket)

Carnival Ticket: $20 (until sold out)

Online ticket sales are available now, buy yours here. Ticket Booth Sales will be available beginning July 1, 2021

About Gunnison’s Tough Enough to Wear Pink Program

Due to their extensive fundraising efforts, the Cattlemen’s Days rodeo has earned itself the honorable title as the #1 Tough Enough to Wear Pink PRCA Rodeo in America. Since 2005, Gunnison’s TETWP Program has raised an astonishing $3,742,000. With a mission stating,

“Cattlemen’s Days Tough Enough to Wear Pink is dedicated to providing local funding for breast cancer awareness, prevention, education, support, breast screenings, and equipment.”

For a full list of Gunnison’s TETWP fundraising success, please visit

Fundraising isn’t exclusive to just rodeo weekend or just breast cancer. Throughout the year, Gunnison County continues the fight against cancer of all kinds with a “Pink in the Rink” Women’s Hockey Tournament in October and the Grits, Guts, Gals, and The Goonies event in August, along with several other events in between. One of their newer events this summer is the Pedal for Pink Program, which will support 9-year-old Abby and her father who are biking across the US raising awareness and support for Gunnison TETWP. Their initiative is inspired by their mother and wife who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Learn more here: Gunnison County along with TETWP also offers year-round donation options on both of their official websites. Rodeos such as Cattlemen’s Days have made a huge difference in their communities thanks to their dedication to awareness and fundraising. The collaboration between Gunnison, Colorado, and Wrangler’s, Tough Enough to Wear Pink foundation is nothing short of phenomenal. Make sure to wear your pink western shirts and enjoy all the excitement that Cattlemen’s Days has to offer!

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