2016 President’s Message

Prez photo riding_brochure 2016Welcome Family, Friends and Rodeo Fans to the 116th Celebration of Gunnison Valley’s Cattlemen’s Days Fair and Rodeo.  A traditional and time honored event, the entire Valley comes together to show off a little bit of our Western Heritage.  A pioneer event that the whole family enjoys; from watching the 4-H and FFA animal shows, to enjoying our three Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Rodeo performances.

Born and raised a cowgirl, from the arena to the ranch.  I was riding a horse before I could even walk, being taught the cowboy ways right out of the chute, the roping chute that is!  Growing up on the old Lawrence Phelps Ranch West of Gunnison on Highway 50, I learned the hard working ways of the rancher!  During the rodeo season, my time was spent legging up my horses, practicing until the arena lights went out, and hitting the rodeo trail.  On the other hand, I was preparing my animals to show for 4-H and FFA.  I was also busy curling my hair, getting ready for all my Cattlemen’s Days Royalty obligations.  Holding the Cattlemen’s Days titles of Jr. Miss in 1997, Attendant in 2000 and Queen in 2001.

Prez photo_brochure 2016Cattlemen’s Days has always been a big part of my family’s life, starting with my Great-Grandfather Mergelman back in the day of the old dirt Main Street.  Now a 4th generation, raising a 5th with my husband Mark Blair, I am proud and honored to be elected as your First Woman President of Cattlemen’s Days.  It is a pleasure to lead this hard working group of volunteers and be able to give back to my community and rodeo family. I want to thank my husband Mark, our 2 sons Ky and Kaiden, my family, friends and especially all the many volunteers that keep this 116 year old tradition alive.  Thank you for helping make my childhood dream come true!

Let’s Rodeo!

Cattlemen’s Days President



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