Kick off rodeo season with the Western Street Breakfast in Colorado Springs on June 21.
The event runs from 5:30 am to 9 am at Pikes Peak and Tejon in downtown Colorado Springs. The morning includes breakfast for $5 served by Fort Carson volunteers to benefit local military and their families.
According to Pikes Peak Range Riders Foundation, the mission of the event is “to promote the downtown Colorado Springs area, honor and support the western heritage of the Pikes Peak Region, provide a venue for the Pikes Peak Range Riders ride in support of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and support our local military and their families.”
Participants will send off the Pikes Peak Range Riders, an organization that promotes the pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo, at 8 a.m. Festivities also include Native American hoop dancers, appearances by Girl of the West and Aide to the Girl of the West; a Kids’ Corral with fun activities, a trick roper and a trick gunslinger; and performances by the Colorado Springs Conservatory.
The first street breakfast dates back to 1936 when about 35 people got together and were served from an old chuck wagon in front of Joe Reich’s Swiss Chalet. Today, the size of the crowd has swelled to 10,000 people, which requires 1,100 pounds of pancake batter; 1,500 pounds of eggs; 80 gallons of syrup; 500 gallons of coffee; 7,500 pints of milk; 2,500 pints of juice; and 1,100 bales of straw for seating.