Bob and Ann Ghent of Greeley selected as 2015 Greeley Stampede grand marshals |

Bob and Ann Ghent of Greeley selected as 2015 Greeley Stampede grand marshals

Emma Pettit

Greeley residents Bob and Ann Ghent have been named the grand marshals for the 2015 Greeley Stampede.

When Ann Ghent learned she and her husband, Bob Ghent, were going to be the grand marshals for the 93rd annual Greeley Stampede, she almost couldn't believe it.

"The first reaction was kind of like shock — really. And like, wow, really?" Ann said Thursday in a telephone interview.

She said she knows so many community leaders in Greeley who would have been great choices. Her husband was similarly surprised and humbled by the honor.

Justin Watada, general manager of the Greeley Stampede, said the Ghents stood out because of their past involvement with the Stampede and their involvement in the Greeley community.

Bob owns Ghent Chevrolet and Cadillac and dedicates time to several prominent Greeley groups, including the Greeley Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Weld County and the Greeley Rotary Club. He served on the NCMC Foundation's Monfort Children's Clinic, which provides medical care to low-income families.

He supported the Advancement for Individual Determination program, which helps train and prepare students for employment opportunities.

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The Ghents also give back to the community through their shared interest in cancer research and patient care. They co-chaired the 2010 American Cancer Society's Cattle Barons Ball, which raised money for the cause.

Like her husband, Ann was raised in Greeley and is actively involved in the community. She was a board member for Child Advocacy Resource and Education for 13 years and worked as a substitute teacher for Greeley-Evans School District 6. Ann also is a member of American Quarter Horse Association and the Northern Colorado Riding Club, which explains her favorite event at the Stampede.

"I find the bronco riding fascinating," she said. "That's kind of crazy if you ask me, to get on a horse that's trying to buck you off."

Ann and Bob each said another event they are looking forward to is the extreme bulls.

"I enjoy it, but it's like being on the edge of your seat the entire time," Ann said.

Aside from the events, they each said they know serving as grand marshals is a big responsibility. The grand marshals serve as ambassadors to help promote the festival, as well as enjoy the events as honored guests, Watada said.

The couple is looking forward to the Stampede, its variety of events and interacting with the Greeley community.

"I look forward to saying hello to a lot of folks there," Bob said. "I'm just looking forward to the good times."

About The Stampede

The Greeley Stampede will run from June 25-July 5 at Island Grove Regional Park.

This year will feature traditional favorites such as the Big Buckle Ball, concerts, rodeo events and carnival games. However, there also will be new attractions, such as shopping indoors in the event center. The Stampede also scheduled a Wild West Comedy Show and a Reptile Adventure Show for kids.

“The goal is to have affordable entertainment for families,” Watada said.

To buy concert or rodeo tickets, call the Stampede ticket office at (970) 356-7787, or go to The ticket office is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays from through May.

Starting June 1, ticket office hours will be 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.