July 4 Memory: A redneck holiday at the Greeley Stampede

greeley fireworks

Yee-haw! One of my most memorable July 4 holidays while traveling came two years ago when I found myself near Denver. I met up with my couchsurfing friend Jackie in Greeley, Colorado and we headed to the Greeley Stampede, a cowboy festival at the local rodeo.

Talk about a quirky way to spend a holiday! I’ve never spent a 4th of July in any place like it.

First off, the stampede was apparently sponsored by Hot Pockets, because they were everywhere. They took our picture in front of a Hot Pockets green screen. I happened to be wearing a green shirt, which made for an awesomely psychedelic photo.

hot pockets green screen

The Hot Pockets character also joined some other mascots and local kids in a series of dance routines, including the Macarena, the Soulja Boy, and the Cupid’s Shuffle, which had somehow escaped my radar until I saw the grown man in the frozen meat-pastry costume performing it. That Hot Pocket had some moves!

hot pockets dancing

As we entered the event we saw the roller coasters and amusement park attractions, which I wanted to ride, but they seemed to be designed for younger kids.

greeley stampede rides

Greeley Stampede Food

As for food, the Greeley Stampede had all the crazy fried stuff you’d expect from a cowboy festival. They had Rocky Mountain oysters – you know, fried bull testicles.I didn’t buy any because I was on a limited budget at the time, but I learned my lesson. I’m not going to pass up such a life experience in the future!

They sold lots of fried candies and sweets. I went with the fried Snickers, but the fried Coke sounded really fun too.

fried coke

Greeley Stampede Entertainment

Then it was on to the entertainment. Outside the rodeo, I was very impressed with Trailer Choir, a country outfit featuring a rocker lead singer, a hottie chick and a 380-pound dancing maniac on harmony vocals. Their song “Rockin’ the Beer Gut” was so catchy, I was certain they were destined for national success. Unfortunately, the girl left the group and they haven’t had a big hit since.

trailer choir

Inside the rodeo was the main performance area. It was all muddy and half the audience wore cowboy hats. The headliners were Bucky Covington and Blake Shelton. I barely knew Blake at the time, but of course now he’s a judge on “The Voice.” He sent us home with a decent set of country tunes, followed by fireworks.

blake shelton greeley stampede

What a way to spend the fourth! Do you have a favorite 4th of July memory?

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23 Responses to July 4 Memory: A redneck holiday at the Greeley Stampede

  1. Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista July 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Well this just sounds like a great way to celebrate the 4th! How much more Americana can you get than a fair and rodeo? Seriously, Rockin the Beer Gut!!!

    I tried deep fried twinkies once. They weren’t bad but I”m not running back for more either.
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    • Scott July 1, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

      I haven’t had the twinkies yet. I do recommend the fried oreo, though.

  2. Caanan @ No Vacation Required July 1, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    I think an anthropomorphized Hot Pocket doing the Macarena is one of the signs of the apocalypse, isn’t it?
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    • Scott July 1, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

      I thought so, yet here we are…

  3. Lorna - the roamantics July 1, 2011 at 9:26 pm #

    holy hell! this is just crazypants! i would be so into this- ha ha ha. you know how to have a good time scott :)
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    • Scott July 1, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

      I felt so American!

  4. John Wilson July 2, 2011 at 4:12 am #

    Sounds like you have the American way of life down pat, there pal.
    Fried this and fried that, top it off with more sugar.
    Add some good ol’ country music – does it get any better?
    Good story, enjoyed the read.
    John D. Wilson
    aka The Big Mozey
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  5. Cathy Sweeney July 2, 2011 at 7:22 pm #

    Love it — great 4th of July experience! My favorite 4ths were the cookouts and fireworks with lots of family. Don’t have those anymore, but do have the memories!
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    • Scott July 3, 2011 at 10:49 am #

      Yes, I think I’m having a cookout this year. Much more traditional, but not as unique!

  6. Audrey July 3, 2011 at 12:41 pm #

    Haha, that sounds like a great 4th of July! Love the look of the ‘Trailer Choir’.
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    • Scott July 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm #

      They were really fun to watch!

  7. Lauren July 3, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    That sounds like such a fun and different way to spend 4th July! “Rockin’ the beer gut” LOL, so funny!
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    • Scott July 3, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

      It’s such an infectious song.

  8. Sophie July 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    I’ve celebrated 4 July in Oklahoma before… cowboys, rodeos and country music there as well. Don’t remember fried Snickers, fried Coke or hot pockets though. Probably weren’t invented back then :)
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    • Scott July 5, 2011 at 8:49 am #

      Sounds like a good time.

  9. Christy @ Technosyncratic July 3, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

    Love your “green screen” shirt in that photo, lol. And we’re doing the redneck 4th of July thing this year as well, though apparently not as hardcore as the rednecks do it in Greeley!
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    • Scott July 5, 2011 at 8:50 am #

      If I had frequent access to a green screen, I would definitely play around with it!

  10. eileen ludwig July 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    Terrific pictures and story and great day – thanks for sharing
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    • Scott July 10, 2011 at 10:09 am #

      Thanks Eileen!

  11. Nomadic Samuel July 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    HA! This post made me laugh. They have these same kind of redneck events in Canada as well. I’ve honestly never heard of fried coke b4! JEEZ! I thought a fried Mars bar was a bit over the top but now this šŸ˜›
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    • Scott July 14, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

      Ooh, Fried Mars would be good. I want to try all the weird fried items at least once.

  12. Leigh July 16, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    Can’t believe I lived 90 minutes away from Greely for 10 years but missed this. Really weird food that I don’t think you’d ever see other than in the US of A. A fun post to read.

    • Scott July 17, 2011 at 11:45 am #

      I wouldn’t have thought to visit Greeley if not for my friend living there, but it was quite an experience!

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