Cowboys & Carnations a Blooming Success!

Photo by Alastair Baker A wagon wheel from Engels Coach Shop, Joliet, sold for $300.

Over 300 people danced and twirled to make the Cowboys and Carnations fundraiser for Red Lodge Rodeo a record breaking success, according to Beth Boggio. “You know your event is a success when the cars are parked down the highway!” she laughed referring to the event held at Rock Creek Resort off Highway 212 south of Red Lodge.

“This is our kick-off of fundraising for the season,” she explained. They have to prepare months in advance. “We write over $150,000 in checks the first day of the three day event in July.” Cowboys come from all over because it is a major, historic institution now facing its 88th year.

There was “wonderful brisket and prime cuts” according to Boggio and outstanding performance by auctioneer Rick Young. “We are in great debt. He performed at an all time high!”

Lee and Christie Merck received the Spirit of Volunteerism award for their providing volunteers for the rodeo events.

Boggio was heartened by the turnout and support. “This is our seed money.” Advertising must go out early to bring people into town. “This event comes to Red Lodge for the entire community to prosper.” It fills the restaurants and the lodging. The support is mutual she assured. “It is because of the wonderful community support we can put on this event for three days in July.”

Boggio welcomes anyone to become a “part of our rodeo family. We’ll find a place for you. We welcome volunteers to help us make it the best!”