Western Heritage Welcome

Western Heritage

While Castle Rock may be a thriving community, the Town’s western heritage is alive and well. Don’t miss the weekend of activities to celebrate Douglas County’s history and honor a longstanding tradition – the 99th year of the DouglasCounty Fair and Rodeo.


The Western Heritage Welcome kicks off the celebration and is a tribute to the historical Douglas County Fair and Rodeo. Cowboys and city folk alike are invited to join the celebration from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 28 in Downtown Castle Rock.


The Old West will truly come to life. Watch as cowhands drive a herd of longhorn steer and cattle through Downtown. Starting at Rock Park, the herd will continue along Perry Street, before completing its journey at the dirt lot just south of Briccy’s Coffee.

Event details

Friday, July 28
6-9 p.m.
Steer Drive down Perry Street; Chuck Wagon Cookoff in dirt lot just south of Briccy's Coffee and east of Wells Fargo

Residents are invited to grab a seat along Perry Street for the best views. The cattle drive will officially begin around 6 p.m. Please keep in mind, construction on the Third and Perry roundabout will have started. Crews will secure the site before the event, but participants should still be mindful of equipment.


During the 1800’s, large herds of cattle were driven through Colorado. The route known as the “Goodnight-Loving Trail” started just east of Colorado Springs and passed through the area on the way to the stockyards in Denver. This event will help honor that heritage.


Following the cattle drive, don’t miss the authentic Chuck Wagon Cook-Off in the dirt lot just south of Briccy’s Coffee. Cowboy cooks will be preparing a taste of the Old West using slow-cooked, wood-fire methods. Plus, don’t miss cowboy cocktails and all things from the American frontier.


Celebrate the roots of our community and give the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo the welcome it deserves by attending the Western Heritage Welcome!

Schedule of events

5 p.m. Perry Street closed from Rock Park to Plum Creek Parkway
6 p.m. Steer Drive down Perry Street
6:25 p.m. Longhorn steer corralled on dirt lot just south of Briccy's Coffee
7 p.m. Perry Street reopened
9 p.m. Event ends

Continue the celebration

The Douglas County Fair and Rodeo tradition starts July 29 and runs through Aug. 6. Get your tickets at douglascountyfairandrodeo.com.


The Saturday celebration begins with the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo Parade at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 29. The old-fashioned parade starts on the south end of Town and continues through Downtown. More at castlerock.org.


And, following the parade, join an old-fashioned themed fair at Boots and Brews. The festival will have food trucks, beer and live music in the Douglas County building lawn, 305 Wilcox St. Get all the details at downtowncastlerock.com.