Cody Nite Rodeo

Blair Brengle, Feature

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The Cody Nite Rodeo is starting up soon so grab your boots and go. It starts on June 1st and goes until August 31st. The gates open at 7:00 so you can get there early and meet the rodeo clowns, cowboys, and cowgirls. You can sit on the live rodeo bull ¨Mongo¨.

The Cody Nite Rodeo started in 1938 and is the longest running night rodeo in the world. It is the only nightly rodeo in the world. In 2001 it was nominated for ¨Best Small Outdoor Rodeo of the Year¨. Cody started over a hundred years ago with the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. A former Wild West show performer Carly Downing started the Cody Nite Rodeo, or as it was called then Pup Rodeo in 1938.

In 1917 Buffalo Bill passed away. In 1919 Clarence Williams made an effort to make a rodeo celebration to honor Buffalo Bill Cody. The event took place June 23-25. But a year later was moved to the 4th of July. After the rodeo and parade the dancing and gambling. In 1998 and 1999 the Cody Stampede was named the ¨Best Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year¨.

There are very many kids that are involved in the Nite Rodeo whether it be working there or riding in the rodeo or even going to watch. If you are looking to work at the Nite Rodeo there are many different job opportunities. Such as selling programs, selling tickets, and concessions. To sell tickets or concessions you have to be at least 14 but you can be younger to sell programs. So it is a great opportunity for students this summer. To sell tickets and concessions is about $15 per hour but can go up as you go on. Selling programs is based on how many programs you sold, the more the better.

Carter Thompson has been selling programs for six years. His favorite part about working at the Cody Nite Rodeo is being able to greet people and he is able to make some money. It helps him to be friendly and outgoing because that’s what he has to do to make some sales. Adam Cheney likes to participate in the Steer Riding because it’s what he loved to do and it’s fun. He’s been going to the CNR 4 years this summer. Make sure to go to the Cody Nite Rodeo on June 1st because it is park county night and it is just $5 to get in.