Colorado rodeo disperses after land owner angered by size


DENVER | A Colorado rodeo and concert ended without official intervention after the landowner learned of the event’s unexpectedly large size, a police official said.

The event held in Weld County was criticized for its large crowds heeding little-to-no virus safety measures, The Denver Post reports.

Some 2,000 people attended the gathering north of Lochbuie Sunday night.

Authorities were alerted around 5 p.m. to the new location by callers concerned about traffic, noise and a lack of masks and social distancing by attendees, Weld County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Joe Moylan said.

The crowds were mostly gone around 9 p.m., Moylan said.

The sheriff’s office previously stopped the event at another location.

The landowner at the second location had not realized the scale of the event to be held on his property, Moylan said.

“The organizers said it would be a small get together,” Moylan said. “And when he realized he had over 2,000 people on his property he went a little ballistic. He was like, ‘I didn’t approve of this, I didn’t sign off on this.’ And it kind of dispersed on its own.”

The landowner could not immediately be reached for comment.

The event organizer did not return requests for comment.

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