Greeley Stampede scrapped this summer over coronavirus concerns

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There won’t be a Greeley Stampede this summer because of concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus, organizers said Saturday.

The popular rodeo and accompanying musical performances have been “postponed” and are unlikely to take place in 2020, marketing coordinator Kevin McFarling said.

“It is with heavy hearts that we will be postponing the 99th annual Greeley Stampede that was scheduled for June 24-July 5, 2020,” organizers said in a news release. “The decision has been made in response to the direction from health officials and the affect COVID-19 is having on our community.”

The decision was made “to protect the health and safety of our guests, volunteers and staff,” the release said.

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Those who had already purchased tickets will be offered the choice of receiving a refund or a credit toward 2021 performances. Information on claiming a refund or credit will be available soon at GreeleyStampede.org.

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The Greeley Stampede is generally regarded as one of the premier rodeos in the country, making USA TODAY’s top-10 list in 2018 and 2019. It ranks among the top 20 in prize money on the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit.

Musical performances this year were scheduled to include Chris Young, 3 Doors Down, Brett Young, Jon Pardi, LOCASH, Phil Vassar and Lecrae.

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