Denver Rustlers break records

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams is a member at the Colorado State Fair. (Denver Rustlers photo)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams at the Colorado State Fair with the Denver Rustlers. (Denver Rustlers photo)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams at the Colorado State Fair. (Denver Rustlers photo)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams at the Colorado State Fair. (Denver Rustlers photo)

The Denver Rustlers once again participated in the Colorado State Fair’s Junior Livestock sale, which for the second year in a row broke the half million dollar mark.

The sale on Aug. 30 raised $524,700, with the Denver Rustlers contributing $176,250, according to unofficial records.

Josh Hanfling, whose firm Seward Hanfling is helping with the Denver Rustlers event, reports 324 Rustlers participated, with 116 new Rustlers — both are records.

“It’s an event I really look forward to,” Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams said.

The Rustlers raise money to buy livestock from kids showing animals at the State Fair.  The event began 32 years ago, when an economic downturn threatened to shut down the Junior Livestock Sale at the State Fair. Since then, Denver Rustlers has raised nearly $3 million.

The Rustlers wear their distinctive shirts from Rockmount Ranch, courtesy of MDC Holdings/RichmondAmerican Homes Foundation, and straw cowboy hats donated by the Koncilja law firm. The event begins every year with an early lunch at Del Frisco’s Grille.