Denver Rustlers: A Colorado tradition

Gathered for today’s Denver Rustler’s event: Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, Steve Weil of Rockmount Ranch, and Wes Friednash and Josh Hanfling, who both help oversee the event. (SOS photo)

For 33 years now, Colorado’s business, civil and political leaders have worked together to make Denver Rustlers the guardian angel of both the Colorado State Fair and the rural kids who show their animals at the event.

Denver City Councilwoman Kendra Black and Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson. (SOS photo)

The Rustlers boarded three large buses today and headed south to Pueblo, where its pool of money will be used to bid on sheep, cattle and more during the Junior Livestock Sale.

“It’s one of my favorite events,” said Secretary of State Wayne Williams, who works in Denver and commutes from Colorado Springs. “It’s always nice to get outside of the metro area and visit the rest of the state.”

The event begins in Greenwood Village with an early lunch at Del Frisco’s (home of the most incredible mini corn dogs you will ever eat).

It attracts current and former governors (John Hickenlooper and Bill Ritter, respectively), current and former agricultural commissioners (Don Brown and Don Ament, respectively); members of Congress and the General Assembly, county commissioners, city council members and more.

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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.