Early estimates show at least 9,000 people attended the Rifle Rendezvous at the Garfield County Fairgrounds and Events Center last weekend, an organizer said Tuesday.
“The weather was perfect,” said Annie MacGregor, chair of the Rifle Rendezvous Festival board. “We had huge crowds at the carnival.”
Over 4,000 carnival tickets were sold during the festival, which ran from May 12-15.
Some of the highlights from this year’s events include an inspirational speech by former Denver Bronco Karl Mecklenburg, a 5-year-old sheep event winner and Tyler Farris Bull Riding, MacGregor said.
Pleased with how this weekend’s event went, the Garfield County Commission awarded a mini-grant of $5,000 to help offset the costs associated with hosting Rifle Rendezvous.
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