Colorado Cattlemen's Association's 150th Annual Convention will celebrate CCA’s past, and look toward the future, as they continue “Advancing the Legacy” for many years to come.

Nearly 150 years ago—and nine years before Colorado became a state — 30 stock growers traveled by horseback to the Planter House; a two-story hotel and stagecoach stop on a dirt road at the corner of 16th and Blake Street in downtown Denver to organize the first statewide cattlemen’s organization in the nation. This summer, cattlemen and cattlewomen from across the state will travel to Grand Junction to attend Colorado Cattlemen’s Association’s 150th Annual Convention and Anniversary Celebration, which will be held June 12-14 at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

The year 2017 is monumental for CCA. Throughout the last century and a half, the Association has faced various trials and tribulations, and Colorado cattlemen have proven generation after generation how resilient they are. The 150th Annual Convention will celebrate CCA’s past, and look toward the future, as they continue “Advancing the Legacy” for many years to come.

On the first day of the convention, CCA members will get down to business and engage in CCA’s 11 different steering committee meetings. The meetings ensure that members’ voices can be heard, and policies that shape the future are formed. On the second day, attendees will spend the morning networking in the trade show, and will be captivated in the morning speakers’ session. The afternoon will lend the opportunity to travel to one of three exciting off-site tours, and in the evening, CCA will host its 150th Anniversary Celebration and Block Party.

The Block Party will be held on the outside premises of the DoubleTree. Attendees will be greeted by the mouthwatering smell of sizzling steaks being prepared on Colorado State University’s Meat Lab grills, and the upbeat twang of a live country band. A large bouncy house will be set up adjacent to the swimming pool, and the industry’s latest and greatest equipment will be demonstrated in the parking lot. This event is geared toward the entire family, and there won’t be a shortage of things to do and see! CCA invites all generations to eat (beef), drink, and be merry to help ring in its 150th anniversary!

On the final day of the conference, CCA will host its Current Issues Breakfast and conduct its Business Session. The convention will end on a high note with the Keynote Speaker, who is a United States veteran, Colorado native and private security contractor. He will inspire the crowd as he talks about the importance of leadership, while providing first-hand details of the attack on Benghazi.

CCA will release more information each week leading up to its 150th Annual Convention. To register, or for more event highlights, visit CCA’s website at www.coloradocattle.org, or call the CCA office at (303) 431-6422. Sponsorship and trade show opportunities are also available. Contact Sarah Smith at the CCA office for more details, sarah@coloradocattle.org. The deadline to register for the convention is Friday, May 19.