Between the concert tickets, parking, vendors, carnival rides and overpriced beer, a trip to the Greeley Stampede isn’t necessarily a cheap date or family outing.
That’s why Greeley Stampede coordinators are offering multiple ways for festival-goers to attend this year’s event without breaking the bank.
Kevin McFarling, marketing coordinator for the Stampede, said different partnerships and sponsors of the event provide different cash-saving opportunities, ranging from saving on park admission to free rodeo tickets.
“We just try to make the Stampede as family-friendly as possible,” he said. “Part of that is making it affordable for families to come down to the Stampede. Our goal isn’t to be as profitable as possible. It’s to be as fun as possible.”
Here are some money-saving tips to keep in mind before planning Greeley Stampede festivities.
Bypass the admission fee
At the gate, the standard cost for getting into the park is free for children 6 and younger, $2 for children ages 6-12, $5 for ages 13-60 and $2 for those older than 60.
Have a ticket to an arena event, such as the rodeos, concerts or the demolition derby? You get in for free. Another way to avoid these admission costs is to purchase a daily or seasonal wristband for the carnival attractions. Those can be bought at the ticket booths located at the entrances, and coordinators advise to do that before trying to enter the park if you want to save some money.
Another way to save on admission is to pick up the available $2 discount coupons, which can be found at the Greeley Chamber of Commerce, any northern Colorado King Soopers and select Greeley Ace Hardware stores, while supplies last. For those younger than 6 and older than 60, that’s free admission.
Finally, McFarling said a partnership between the Stampede and Kaiser Permanente provides free admission to those who ride their bicycles to the Stampede while wearing a helmet. Free water bottles will also be distributed to these folks, while those supplies last. All you have to do is show the ticket office your bike and helmet at the ticket window and voilà! You’re in free, and there’s a few Kaiser Permanente bike racks to park your ride.
Save on a carnival wristband
There’s more than 50 rides to take advantage of at the Stampede’s Carnival Americana this year. The one-day unlimited ride wristband is $30 and the 12-day unlimited ride wristband is $100.
The first thing you can do to save some money on these wristbands is to bring two non-perishable canned food items Monday for the Weld Food Bank Carnival Promo Night. The food is donated to the Weld Food Bank, and with the two cans, you save $5 on the daily wristband. Win-win.
Another way to save on a carnival wristband is to bring an empty Meadow Gold or Viva milk container Wednesday to get $5 off the daily wristband.
Finally, the Greeley Stampede will offer early-bird specials on wristbands on the weekends, which is new to this year’s event. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., the unlimited ride wristbands will be only $15. The wristbands expire at 3 p.m. the day you buy them.
If 3 p.m. hits and you’re not quite ready to end your day at the carnival, you can upgrade to a full-day ride pass for $15 more.
Don’t overpay for concert tickets
Concert tickets usually run about $35 at their lowest price per concert the Stampede hosts. Paying for tickets at unauthorized ticket outlets will likely cost much more. Stampede officials say its best to buy tickets directly from the ticket office, through the Stampede website or at any King Soopers.
There are also some free music stages outside of the Stampede Arena that serve as alternatives for music entertainment. One is the Extraction Free Stage, which is located next to the Stampede Saloon in the park. All music is free with admission and includes artists such as Warrant, Neal McCoy and Phil Vassar.
There will also be another free music stage called the Ford Music Stage, which will provide free Latino music acts from noon to 8 p.m. today and next Sunday.
The Kids Korral located near Centennial Village in the park provides plenty of free entertainment for those with little ones, ranging from hands-on activities to free daily shows. There’s everything from Frisbee-catching dogs to duck races to giant robots.
For a daily schedule, go to http://www.greeleystampede.org/p/attractions/kidskorral.
Get free rodeo tickets
Ace Hardware of Greeley owners are offering two free rodeo tickets to anyone who spends $40 or more at the store, while supplies last.