Ogden Pioneer Days is celebrating events all over the Ogden Area. Visit our map to learn about venue details, directions and locations.
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Desiree Cooper-Larsen, Chairwoman, 801-801-540-8788
Jeff Haney, media room coordinator, 801-372-7665
OGDEN, Utah (July 20) -- Some 10,000 people on Monday attended the first night of the Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo, known as Utah's bigggest and best statehood celebration.
The record-breaking first-night crowd roared with delight at the handful of world champion cowboys who competed at Ogden Stadium, 668 17th Street.
“What a great way to kick off the 75th anniversary of Ogden Pioneer Days,” says Desiree Cooper-Larsen, chairwoman of the Ogden Pioneer Days Committee. “We had a great crowd, great great fireworks and a great concert to end the night. We're looking forward to putting on a great show for the next four days.”
Due West, a trio of country singers, sang the National Anthem to start the night's events. The group also performed immediately following a fireworks show. Fireworks will light up the Ogden sky every night this week.
Heath Ford, a cowboy from Greeley, Colo., was the judge's favorite of the night in the bareback riding competition. He earned an 84 for staying atop the horse Black Friday.
Canadian cowboy Curtis Cassidy was able to topple his steer in 3.1 seconds to win the night in Steer Wrestling. Steve Purcella and Jhett Johnson (CQ), from Hereford, Texas, and Casper, Wyo., respectively, won the night in team roping. Their time: 6.0 seconds.
In tie-down roping, Bubba Paschal, Laporte, Texas, snagged his calf in 8.0 seconds, the fastest of the night. The best score of the night in saddle bronc riding was earned by Bradley Harter, Weatherford, Texas. The judges awarded him an 86 for successfully completing his ride on the horse Resistols Top Hat.
Fredicksburg, Texas, cowgirl Cindy Wheeler logged a 17.46 in barrel racing to win the night, and in bull riding, Dustin Jenkins, Missoula, Mont., who scored an 82, walked away with the night's top score.
On Tuesday, Ogden Pioneer Days will celebrated National Day of the American Cowboy. A person from each Utah county will be to recognized for their contributions to the state's western heritage. Photographs of honorees will be available Thursday morning. Call media room coordinator Jeff Haney at 801-372-7665 to arrange an e-mailed photograph.