Monte the Cowboy made his first appearance as the newest member to the city's team in the Ski Hi Stampede Parade this weekend.
The 20' tall balloon was a new addition for the 100th year celebration of Ski Hi Stampede.
City Manager Gigi Dennis said this was first for the city. "We had two great sponsors that helped us cover the costs. Thanks to the Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce and CHFA ( Colorado Housing & Finance Association) as well as city council, we were able to purchase Monte."
Donned with the city logo on the belt buckle and the sponsors name on his blue jeans, Monte left an impressive impression on people. Dennis said, "Watching the smiling faces and seeing the thumbs up along the parade route was great fun. I knew we made the right choice for our community. "
Adding, "Monte is a handful to get under the street lights and wires crossing the streets. I appreciate our staff and their family members for helping us out."
Monte will be seen at other events throughout the year.