Promising the best Stampede ever and one of the most unique Fathers Day events anywhere, the 7th Annual Goshen Stampede will go into action for three days, June 15 to 17, bringing Western style rodeo thrills to Connecticut's Litchfield Hills Champion roping, racing and the challenge of cowboy versus bucking bull and bronco will be the highlights of this busy weekend, which will feature two official Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeos.
Two traditional fair favorites, Demolition Derbies, and Truck Pull competitions, will also be on the schedule. Fireworks on Saturday night, non-stop music on the main stage, a kids' rodeo and free Petting Zoo and plenty of great food fill out the agenda and insure a good time for all. Proceeds from the event help support local charities as well as national organizations supporting the men, women, and families of the United States Armed Services.
The rodeo fun starts Friday, June 15 at 7 p.m. when the fastest horses in Connecticut and their riders will race for cash prizes and a title in Barrel Racing, an event that demands speed, timing and accuracy to bring home the money.
Rodeo competitions will take place on Saturday, June 16 at 6 p.m. and on Father's Day; Sunday, June 17th at 2 p.m. junior cowboys will compete in the kid's rodeo on Saturday at 4 p.m. for entrants up to age 12.
There will be added excitement from two wild Demolition Derbies Friday night at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m., where drivers ram each other's cars and the last car running is the winner. The Tri-State Truck and Tractor Pulls, spirited competitions to see who can go farthest while pulling prodigious weights, go on Saturday at noon and 5 p.m. and Sunday at noon.
The Stampede will be take place at the Goshen Fair Grounds, 116 Old Middle Street in Goshen. Hours are Friday, June 15th, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m; Saturday, June 16.th 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, June 17,th 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is Adults, $11, ages 10-18, $5 and under 10 free with a paying adult. Advance purchase is available at goshenstampede.com, where a complete schedule of events is also posted