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Jul 22, 2010 7:27 PM by Greg Boyce, James Amos

Little Britches threatens to move from Pueblo

The Little Britches Rodeo is threatening to move away from Pueblo.  The rodeo moved to Pueblo from Colorado Springs five years ago and will happen next week.

This summer the youth rodeo will have about 850 participants and is estimated to contribute about $2.5 million to Pueblo's economy.  The rodeo gets $30,000 a year from local agencies, but wants to increase that to $100,000 -- or it will move away.

"We feel we've done our part, and we haven't had an increase for the first five years," said Director Kimber Solberg. "And so we feel it's time for an increase. Pueblo's our first city of choice. But if that doesn't happen, we have several communities that are interested in hosting the national finals."

The current contract expires at the end of the month.

Pueblo County commissioners asked if the rodeo's four staff members will be moving to Pueblo. They and others are still unhappy that so few of the Professional Bullriders Association's staff moved to Pueblo when they group was lured from Colorado Springs several years ago with a new multi-million-dollar building.

Solberg said Little Britches is a nonprofit group and that it would be hard for her and the other staff to move their homes.

Little Britches may open a satellite office in Pueblo - perhaps in the Bullriders' building, she said.

Solberg said part of the extra sponsorship money will be used for college scholarships for the kids, if Pueblo groups will pay.

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