The town of Monument is the place to be to celebrate the Fourth of July this summer. The annual parade and street fair is always a draw to historic downtown Monument and this year the fireworks will take place at Monument Lake.
New this year to the events will be the Monument Bull Bash.
TNT Events will host the first bull riding competition that will take place in the afternoon. Ty and Nancy Rinaldo, who grew up competing in rodeos, went before the Monument board of trustees at the May 20 board meeting to talk about their plans for the bull riding competition and seek approval to host the event.
There will be 20 riders at the Monument Bull Bash with the top five going on to the finals.
The Rinaldo’s raise their own bulls which they take to professional bull riding events all over the country. They recently hosted a bull riding event in Castle Rock in February.
“Similar to the one in Castle Rock we plan to have a nice military appreciation. We feel very strongly about the military and their service,” Nancy Rinaldo said.
The Rinaldo’s will bring a portable arena and said it’s the same type of arena the professional bull riders use. The location for the bull riding competition will be on the empty lot east of Grace Best Elementary School and west of Beacon Lite Road, south of the former Pankratz Studio.
Ty Rinaldo said they will not sell any food or beverages. He said they are okay with people bringing food into their location but will prohibit any alcohol.
In addition to the bull riding the Rinaldo’s will also have two floats in the parade.