Organizers are still planning for the Jefferson County Fair and Rodeo.

The Northern Rodeo Association portion of the Jefferson County Rodeo has been canceled, but there are several local events that are planned for later this month.

The Jefferson County Rodeo Association will host a three-day event, Aug. 28-30, that features barrel racing, a parade and in-county adult and children’s rodeos. 

The NRA sanctioned rodeo was canceled due to to health concerns, according to a press release issued by the JCRA.

The scaled down rodeo will kick-off Friday, Aug. 28 with barrel racing at 5 p.m. and peewee, youth and open at 6 p.m. The annual parade will follow on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2 p.m. on Main Street in Boulder, with cash prizes for the best group, best individual and overall winner. 

That evening, the Laurie Vossler Memorial In-County Rodeo will begin at 5 p.m, hosting former and current Jefferson County residents. 

On Sunday, the Anika McCauley Memorial In-County Kids Rodeo begins at 10 a.m., giving Jefferson County youth a chance to show off their rodeo skills. 

Admission for all events is free. 

The Jefferson County Rodeo Association is hosting the events in accordance with Gov. Steve Bullock’s Phase 2 guidelines and mask mandate, along with the recommendations and approval of the Jefferson County Health Officer , according to the press release. 

Masks and social distancing will be required. Anyone showing symptoms of illness are asked not to attend, along with those who are uncomfortable with the events, according to the press release.

Those wanting to volunteer can contact JCRA Secretary Brady Nordahl at brady.jcra@gmail.com

Updates are posted on the Jefferson County Rodeo Association’s Facebook page.

Since the decision on June 24 to proceed with the rodeo, the county has experienced a surge of COVID-19 cases, beginning July 7, pushing the number up from three between March and the end of June to 27 positives, with 11 active, as of Monday, Aug. 3. 

The rodeo was to include a three-day Northern Rodeo Association sanctioned event, as well as barrel racing and an in-county rodeo. 

The Jefferson County Fair Board also decided to cancel the limited number of events it had planned on hosting in August. Fair Board Chairperson Terry Minow had pointed to the recent rise in cases as a reason for the cancelation. 

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