The Elizabeth Stampede traces its roots back more than a century, and 2016 marks the 29th year it has been recognized as a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo Event. The PRCA has also recognized the Stampede as Small Rodeo of the Year three times, in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
This year's Stampede kicks off Thursday, June 2 with a concert by country music star Tracy Lawrence. Rodeo action, including the popular Xtreme Bulls, begins the evening of Friday, June 3 and runs through the afternoon of Sunday, June 5.
The Friday and Saturday rodeo performances are followed by a dance at 9:30 p.m.
Ticket prices range from $22 for Xtreme Bulls to $8 for Saturday and Sunday matinees. Family packs are also available. Ticket information can be found at elizabethstampede.com/tickets. Casey Jones Park is at 4189 Highway 86, Elizabeth.
Along with a weekend of rodeo action, the Elizabeth Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the ElizaBash Street Fair and Carnival.
"This year, we're really excited," said Trista Ellis, executive director of the chamber. "We are introducing a carnival for the first time."
The Street Fair on Main Street in Elizabeth is scheduled for Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The carnival will run for five days from Thursday, June 2 through Sunday, June 5 on Crossroads Circle and will feature a Ferris wheel, along with nearly 20 other rides.
On Main Street, visitors can expect around 100 vendors, along with 15 different food options ranging from hot dogs and pizza to homestyle cooking.
"Our vendor event will be pretty typical. We'll widen the street for the vendors, and we have the food court on Geason's lot," Ellis said.
Also new this year, Snowfall Ranch, based in Elizabeth, will set up a petting zoo.
"Snowfall Ranch has some really neat, mini-animals," Ellis said. "That's going to be fun."
A portion of the proceeds from carnival ticket sales will go to support the Elizabeth Area Chamber of Commerce.]]>
Mixed emotions were felt by the three Douglas County veterans who received medals May 17 at the Castle Rock American Legion meeting for their service during the Korean War.
"I didn't think anybody even remembered us," said Hal NewVille, a Lone Tree resident who served as a combat engineer with the Army.
NewVille and Castle Rock residents George Franicevic and Jim Redmond are the newest recipients of the Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal, which was created by the South Korean government as a way to thank the American servicemen and women who served in the Korean War in the 1950s.
"These men went through a lot," said Jim McGibney, the honorary consul of the Republic of Korea, who awarded the medal on behalf of Korea. "It was a tough war. It was probably one of our toughest and they came through it, they prevailed."
Along with the medals, the men received an official proclamation from the South Korean government thanking them for their service.
Redmond served as a weapons system specialist in the Air Force for the first jets based in Thailand. The planes he armed flew over Korea during the liberation of South Korea.
Franicevic entered the draft in 1952 and was stationed in Louisville, Kentucky prior to deployment. He served in the U.S. Military Police during the Korean War.
"I haven't felt this way before," Franicevic said, wiping tears from his eyes. "We just did our job."]]>
The Eagles started off with an 0-3 record and were 3-4 after a 14-11 loss to Dawson on April 19.
But Valor recovered and won its 12th straight game in the Class 4A state championship with a 10-9 victory over Dawson School May 20 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver.
"We were really down at the beginning...," Valor coach John Grant Jr. said. "I was questioning my coaching. We had to find ourselves, we had to dig down. We did everything we needed to do. I'm proud of them."
Valor went on a team retreat and Grant removed any evidence of last season's state runner-up finish and the high expectations for this year.
It worked as the Eagles beat top-seeded Dawson in a game that was tied eight times until freshman Lance Tillman and goalie Logan Lee, who just returned to action after having his appendix removed, stepped up in the final minutes.
With the game tied 9-9, Tillman stuck his stick in the air in front of Dawson goalie Chad Dunnell, who was attempting to make an outlet pass. Tillman intercepted the pass with 2:12 left in the game and scored to give Valor a 10-9 lead.
"I didn't see it," said Grant Jr. "I was so upset with the turnover, I threw my hat on the ground in frustration and when I went to pick it up they were all hugging me and saying we scored. I'm sure he picked the pass off and put it in the empty net."
Tillman conceded he was lucky.
"I just stuck my stick up there, trying to get in the goalie's way," he said. "I got lucky and put it back in the net. You don't usually do that. I just decided to do it. There's nothing more to say. We played great. It was an exciting game."
But securing the win still required a couple key saves in the final two minutes by Lee, who finished with eight saves.
"He was huge," Grant said of Lee. "He was in the hospital getting surgery two weeks ago. He got cleared on Tuesday. They took his appendix but didn't take his heart. I give a lot of credit to our goalie. He kept the state's highest scoring offense at bay."
Lee, a sophomore, was feeling well on May 20 and helped the Eagles beat a Dawson team that averaged 17 goals a game.
"That was crazy at the end of the game," Lee said. "I had a feeling. It was just reactions, don't even think about it. I didn't play the last game Wednesday (May 18) until the fourth quarter. Then I started to get it back. This whole game for me getting it back but by the end I knew I was ready. I was feeling good, a lot better."
Tillman had three goals against Dawson in the title game. Senior Cole Baker scored twice, including the goal that tied the game with 5:39 remaining in the game.
Valor wound up the season with six players scoring more than 20 goals and six having more than 30 points. Tillman led the way with 29 goals and 69 points, which included 40 assists. Junior Gianni Orlando had 28 goals and 46 points.
Valor finished the season with a 15-4 record and has gone 33-5-0 in the past two seasons under Grant. Dawson wound up with a 17-2 record.
After we each took off in our own direction I found myself thinking about his response to my question and became more troubled over my response back to him. Was he really just headed into the office for one more day of grinding it out at work? And was I only just headed to the airport? I know for me it wasn't just another travel day, it was a part of my plan, my bigger plan and pursuit of my goals. I mean I wasn't just getting on any flight going anywhere, I had a very specific flight, a meeting with an important customer and a new presentation to give to a very viable prospect. There was clear meaning and intent to where I was going and what I was doing as they related to my personal and professional growth goals.
My friend who was headed into the office, was he just headed into the office, or was that also a part of his career goals and plans that would help fulfill his personal growth goals and financial goals? When I meet with other people I know on a Saturday or Sunday and they share their plans for attending church or their chosen house of worship, are they just going to church, or is it part of their bigger spiritual goals and life plan? Do they just plan on "attending" the service and being seen in in the building or are they there to grow deeper in their faith and relationship with God and with the congregation?
There is an old saying that goes like this, "If you don't know where you are going, any road will take you there." So where are we going? Are we on the path we have chosen and that will lead us to where we really want to be in life, or are we adrift on the crossroads of life allowing the winds and whims of outside influences to pull us off course?
Some of us have gotten into a routine of going to the gym, a very consistent routine. Some may be going because it is a great place to connect with friends, get out of the house, and have some personal time. Others go to the gym with very clear focus and intent as they are committed to their physical fitness goals and health and wellness. We rarely ever see people just wander into and around a gym, but we do see people wander around in life. And remember, "If we don't know where we are going, any road will take you there."
Goal setting works; there are proven statistics that compare the success of people who set goals and those who do not. The outcomes are very clear that income is higher, personal happiness is greater, relationships are stronger, and a sense of achievement and fulfillment runs deeper when we take the time to set our goals properly.
How about you? Where are you going? Where are you headed? Are you on the road to anywhere or are you on the path that will lead you to be who you want to be, take you to what you want to do, and help you earn what you want to have in this life? If you have a great success story or want to learn more about how to properly set goals, I would love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org. And when we know where we are going, it really will be a better than good week.
Michael Norton is a resident of Castle Rock, the former president of the Zig Ziglar Corporation, a strategic consultant and a business and personal coach.