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Jul 2, 2010 2:44 PM by Andy Koen

Cattle drive heralds Ranch Rodeo

Dozens of Colorado-bred Texas Longhorn Cattle shuffled and mooed their way down Tejon Street in downtown Colorado Spring Friday.  

The high noon cattle drive marks the beginning of rodeo season in the Pikes Peak Region.

The steers themselves are descendants of the very first cows to ever be raised in the state.

The juxtaposition of an Old West cattle drive through a modern city serves as a fitting promotion for Saturday's Ride for the Brand Ranch Rodeo at the Norris Penrose Events Center.

Activities begin with a traditional western chuck wagon cook-off at 4:00 p.m. followed by a traditional rodeo in which all of the participants are working ranch cowboys at 6:00 p.m.

The 70th Annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, which features Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) events will run from July 14-17 also at the Norris-Penrose Events Center.

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