Western Heritage Welcome

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 – this year marks the 100th year of the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo.   Western Heritage Welcome kicks off the celebration. Cowboys and city folk alike are invited to join the celebration.

Friday, July 27
6 to 9 p.m.
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 the journey right in front of the Castle Rock Police Department. Lots of Western activities will take place in Festival Park, too!

Event details

6 p.m.
  • Longhorn Steer Drive Down Perry Street. Best viewing locations are between Fifth and Second streets on Perry Street.
6:30-9 p.m.
  • Concert at Festival Park by Steel Horse Swing. BBQ, Rocky Mountain Oysters, cowboy-themed cocktails and more!
  • Free western-themed activities for the kids
  • At the conclusion of the event, the Star will be lit to honor and kickoff the 100th Douglas County Fair and Rodeo
  • Shuttle parking from Philip S. Miller Park to Festival Park will be provided.

The history

During the 1800s, 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 helps honor that heritage.

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

Continue the celebration

The Douglas County Fair and Rodeo runs through Aug. 5. Get tickets at douglascountyfairandrodeo.com.

The Douglas County Fair and Rodeo Parade starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 28. The old-fashioned parade starts on the south end of Town and continues through Downtown. More at castlerock.org.


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.