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GUEST COLUMN: Help the mayor tell the Colorado Springs story

By: John Suthers
July 31, 2017 Updated: July 31, 2017 at 10:47 am
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Please join me!!

I will again lead a group of other community leaders on an important mission for the purpose of interacting with elected officials and business leaders from Denver and Pueblo at the Colorado State Fair. Please consider joining us.

Gov. John Hickenlooper, several Denver metro mayors, state and city department officials, and top, important civic leaders will be accessible to visit in an informal setting. It is important to our community, and to me, that civic-minded residents of the city and surrounding area take advantage of this tremendous opportunity. We need to tell the Colorado Springs story to individuals who can, and do, have significant influence on our future.

Our group is called the Pikes Peak Posse.

For the past 20 years we have taken an afternoon to go to the State Fair and, with monies donated from those who attend, participate in the junior livestock auction by bidding against, in friendly competition, Denver community and political leaders to buy animals raised by 4-H and National FFA kids from all over Colorado.

These impressive, hardworking youngsters use the monies earned from the sale of their animals for their future educations.

So, I offer you a two-fer. You can help me take advantage of this unique opportunity to carry the Colorado Springs banner with Denver metro, Pueblo, Western slope, and state leaders while supporting a great cause and some very special kids.

This is a high-powered event at which we can use friendly dialogue to establish relationships with those who will affect our community's future and our economy.

While the focus is often on Denver players, there is also important work to do with Pueblo leadership.

Here's the deal: I ask you to please make a tax-deductible contribution to the Pikes Peak Range Riders Foundation of $500 ($250 for elected officials). All donations will be invested in the purchase of animals.

You will join a very distinguished and high profile group whose very participation will be of great help to me in sending a message to many who can affect us in meaningful ways.

On Aug. 29, we will assemble at the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame for lunch and then board a bus heading for Pueblo, returning around 9 p.m. The bus trip itself provides an opportunity to have informal conversations with other local and likely Denver community leaders.

Upon arriving at the State Fair Exhibition Hall in Pueblo, you will pass through a receiving line made up of the kids who raised the animals on which we will bid, and who will thank you personally for doing so.

Once inside the hall, you will observe, and participate in if you chose, the auction while mingling with your counterparts from throughout our state.

A very large, delicious dinner buffet will be served, allowing you to eat, drink, and sit with state leaders and even sit with our buyers group as they bid for animals. It is always great fun and a unique opportunity.

Please join me and the Pikes Peak Posse on Aug. 29 and help me represent Colorado Springs and outshine the Denver Rustlers. If you can do this, please drop me a quick line at, and I will have additional information, including an itinerary list of other attendees, sent to you.

Or, just go directly to our website at

Thanks, and I look forward to spending Aug. 29 with you as we collectively send a message to Denver and all of Colorado.


John Suthers is the mayor of Colorado Springs, and the former Colorado attorney general and U.S. attorney.

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