HISTORY OF BRONC DAY FESTIVAL
Notes provided by Jan Pettit, Ute Pass Historian
The first Bronc Day was held July 1, 1939 as the '"Official Opening of the Tourist Season" and to honor the Vertical Mile Marathon Racers who were training for the race up Pikes Peak while staying in Green Mountain Fails. A parade with horses, a clown, and a parade queen, met the marathon racers in Cascade and escorted them to Green Mountain Falls for a day of fun including saddle relay races, trick riding, sack races, ceremonial Indian dances, and evening fireworks. Over the years Bronc Day grew with the addition of more Gymkhana riding contests, gun battle shows, a King and Queen contest, barbecues, and jitterbug and square dancing. The parade had many years with over 100 horses (149 in 1948), but later, the 4 lane US 24 Highway construction took over the area that had been used for the riding events. In recent years additions include RC boat races, arts and crafts booths, and more activities for the entire family. The King and Queen have been replaced by a Grand Marshal to honor a prominent citizen and a Princess & Court contest for young girls.
Photos courtesy of Ute Pass Historical Society