Greeley Stampede: What to know before you go — The Know

The Greeley Stampede rolls into town on Thursday brining dozens of activities and events for the entire family.

Before you head out to take part in the historic 99th rodeo and carnival, there’s a few things you should know and prepare for.

The Greeley Tribune has compiled a list of important do’s and don’ts for attending the Greeley Stampede.

Don’t waste your time packing a tote or backpack full of things. The Stampede is continuing its clear-bag policy for all arena events. The policy, implemented in 2019, allows all visitors to bring in clear bags no larger than 12-inches by 6-inches by 12 inches — or roughly the size of a plastic Ziploc bag or a small clutch no larger than 4.5-inches by 3-inches by 6.5 inches. The Stampede will also be selling clear bags that have been approved by the event organizers for use during visits.

There are exceptions to this rule such as diaper bags or medically necessary items that will not fit into the specific sized clear bags or clutch.

Diaper bags smaller than 24-inches by 15-inches by 18-inches will be permitted, however, owners of the bag must have their child(ren) in tow and the bag will be subject to search.

Any medically necessary equipment that is in something other than the approved clear bags will also be subject to search.

Things to leave at home:

  • Non-service animals (sorry Fido, no Stampede for you)
  • Drones and laser pointers
  • Gopro-style cameras, selfie sticks or professional camera/video equipment
  • Bikes, skateboards, roller blades, skates and hoverboards
  • Pepper spray/mace
  • Gang clothing or symbols

The Stampede does not allow open-carry firearms or knives with blades larger than 3 1/2 inches.

Outside food is not permitted into the event, however, visitors are able to bring plastic bottles of water up to 20-ounces. Bottles of water must be factory sealed and unopened when passing through the entry gates.

If you are a smoker, vaper or enjoy indulging in marijuana, don’t plan on taking part in any of these activities while in attendance at the Stampede. The event prohibits smoking of any kind or vaping.

Instead of dressing to impress, be smart and wear cool, loose, comfortable clothing that will let your body breath during the hot, sunny days.

Be sure to wear comfortable, sturdy shoes. There’s a lot of walking involved when it comes to attending the Stampede, as well as possible uneven pavement and grass, holes, dips, sticky dropped food, animal droppings, and other things around the park that could cause issues if you’re wearing flimsy shoes.

Protect yourself and your family from the sun’s harmful rays by wearing a hat, sunscreen and lip balm. Apply sunscreen and lip balm liberally and often.

We all know Colorado weather is tricky. So if you plan to attend evening events, bring along a sweatshirt or hoodie just in case chilly winds kick up.

There is a fee to ride the carnival attractions and visitors can purchase individual ride tickets, a one-day unlimited ride wristband for $30 or a season pass, which allows riders unlimited rides for all 11 days, for $125.

In addition to the cost for rides, rodeo events and concerts, parking for the event will cost you $15 per car. A portion of all parking sold will be donated to community organizations and nonprofits so your money will be put to good use.

There is no mask requirements to attend the Stampede, but organizers are asking visitors to maintain social distancing when they can, use the hand sanitizing stations located around the park and if you are feeling sick, please stay home.

Other tips to make your Stampede trip successful:

  • Bring a mixture of cash for carnival games and food as well as a credit/debit card.
  • If you aren’t interested in eating things on a stick or drowned in grease, opt to check out the different restaurants and cafes located in downtown Greeley and around the area or pack a lunch and head over to a park for a break in between Stampeding.
  • Make a plan with your kids in the event they get lost. Be sure they know who they turn to for help at the park. If you are letting your teens go off on their own, periodically check in with them either through text or an agreed upon meeting time and place.
  • Be sure to drink plenty of water before you head out and while at the event. Dehydration can really put a crimp in the fun of the Stampede.
  • Bring your patience. With 2020 putting the kibosh on events and activities, everyone is eager and anxious to get out and have some fun. If the line for a ride you want to go on is long, come back later or skip it. The main thing is to have fun and celebrate this historic community event.

For more information on the Greeley Stampede, as well as a schedule of events, go to www.greeleystampede.org.

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