EAGLE, Colo. – The honors keep coming for the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo.
Two weeks ago, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association recognized Eagle rodeo as one of the top five medium size rodeos of the year with nominations for the year-end award. This week, the fair board learned its rodeo is also nominated for Mountain States medium rodeo of the year.
“It’s been an amazing year for us,” said Hanna Albertson, chairwoman of the fair and rodeo’s advisory committee. “Both of these nominations mean quite a bit to us. We have a hard-working crew made up mostly of volunteers that puts in a lot of hours and effort into making our fair and rodeo successful.
“By being recognized at this level, it’s a testament to the hard work we’ve done. The county staff deserves a lot of credit for what they have done and the support they provide us every year. Each of them is a valuable part of our team.”
The Mountain States Circuit is made up of contestants and rodeos primarily in Colorado and Wyoming. The nominations come from voting PRCA members, so it’s always an honor to be recognized in that capacity.
“We are extremely blessed to work with some of the best in the business, from our stock contractor, Pete Carr Pro Rodeo, to our announcer, Scott Grover,” Albertson said. “There are so many people who help make our rodeo very good, and I’m glad that others see it, too.”
Pete Carr has been nominated for the sixth time for Stock Contractor of the Year. Three members of his crew – pickup man Jeremy Willis, bullfighter Clay Heger and secretary Sandy Gwatney – are also up for the end-of-the-year awards, which will be announced Wednesday, Dec. 6, during the PRCA Awards Banquet, in conjunction with the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Gwatney won the Secretary of the Year award in 2016.
“For us to be nominated alongside those names and in a category with four other great rodeos is amazing to me,” Albertson said. “By being nominated for medium rodeo of the year, the Eagle County Fair and Rodeo is one of the top 20 rodeos of all sizes in 2017. That is incredible.
“It is a telling statement for not only the people who work hard for our rodeo every year but also for the people of this community and the sponsors that help make it so great. We couldn’t do it without them.”