Rodeo

Rodeo

Maddax Ball, Reporter

The upcoming 2021 rodeo season is getting ready to start! The Cody Nite Rodeo runs June through August, and the Stampede is the 1st-4th of July. The Stampede board just got a new president, Chad Ball, and vice president, Justin Lundvall. Ball stated, “This season we are opening back up to full capacity and we are going to hold some rodeo schools.” The Cody Stampede and has been around since 1919, its official start. The Cody Night rodeo is the only rodeo in the country that happens every night in the summer. That’s why Cody is called the Rodeo Capital of the World. The PRCA named the Cody Stampede rodeo the best outdoor rodeo of the year in 1998 and 1999. In 2001 the Nite Rodeo was nominated for the best small outdoor rodeo of the year.

This summer you can get your rodeo tickets for $23 (adults) and $11.50 (kids). At the Nite Rodeo you can get your picture taken on Mongo the bull, ride the mechanical bull, or get your face painted like the bullfighters. Kids can also compete in the calf scramble. Local Cody Night Rodeo competitor Owen Monfeldt stated, “I ride junior bulls now but I started off riding steers. Also, my favorite event to watch is bull riding.” The rodeo events in order are bareback riding, steer wrestling, tie down roping, saddle bronc riding, team roping, barrel racing, and lastly, bull riding. This is a fun way to spend summer nights and see the culture of Cody.