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.

Denver Rustlers: another great Colorado tradition

Businessman Eddie Robinson, Secretary of State Wayne Williams and philanthropist and businessman Larry Mizel at this year's Denver Rustlers event. (SOS photo)
Businessman Eddie Robinson, Secretary of State Wayne Williams and philanthropist and businessman Larry Mizel at this year’s Denver Rustlers event. (SOS photo)

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams considers it a privilege to attend the Denver Rustlers event, which raises money to buy livestock from the kids showing animals at the Colorado State Fair.

Democrats, Republicans and business leaders come together every year for a light lunch at Del Frisco’s Grille, donated by the restaurant. They then head down to Pueblo to bid on livestock and mingle and eat some more. 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.

Among those attending the Denver Rustlers event this year were U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner; U.S. Reps. Jared Polis, Mike Coffman and Diana DeGette, legislators, city council members and various chiefs of staffs. That means you Doug Friednash.

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Denver Mayor Michael Hancock: “I love this city”

House candidate James Coleman, Larry Mizel, Shayna Coleman and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock at the Mizel Institute's annual dinner. Hancock was this year's honoree.
House candidate James Coleman, Larry Mizel, Shayna Coleman and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock at the Mizel Institute’s annual dinner. Hancock was this year’s honoree.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock delivered an emotional address to his family and the city he loves while being honored at the Mizel Institute dinner Wednesday in a room filled with power brokers.

“Tonight I accept this honor on behalf of the people of Denver who dared to give this kid a shot at his dream,” Hancock said.

Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and his longtime friend, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers. (SOS photo)
Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and his longtime friend, Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers. (SOS photo)

“I accept on behalf of the team I serve with every day in the foxhole, giving everything they have for the people of this great city. And I accept on behalf of my wife and children who bear an unequal burden so that I may live my dream and serve the people of Denver.”

The mayor’s wife, Mary Louise Lee, a renowned performer, earlier belted out a song to her husband.

Among those in attendance were Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, state Treasurer Walker Stapleton, state Senate President Bill Cadman and former Denver Mayor Wellington Webb and his wife, former state Rep. Wilma Webb.

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