GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) Nearly two month ago Western Slope bronc rider Hunter Norman lost his life in a car accident at the age of 20. On Saturday night the rodeo community came together to host the first Hunter Norman Memorial Bulls & Bronc event at the Mesa County fairgrounds.
Over 50 riders strapped in to compete on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd.
"He is up there looking down on this community and event right now with a big smile on his face,"said Hunter's father Scott Norman.
Norman was a 2016 Fruita Monument High School graduate and always wanted to put on a big rodeo in the Grand Valley. When he was unable to do so the community had his back.
"It was something that he always wanted to do and it is finally happening. It was a great turnout and for years to come it will be wonderful,"said Bronc rider Emma Rushing.