The Buffalo Bill Rodeo – Where it All Began
On July 4th, 1882, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody staged the Old Glory Blowout in North Platte, Nebraska at a site believed to be near what is now Cody Park. That first rodeo was held in conjunction with the last of the big open range roundups in Nebraska. It featured bronc riding, roping and buffalo riding. It was so popular, that Cody developed his Wild West Show, that he took around the World.
But the Blowout continued in North Platte, and eventually became known as the Buffalo Bill Rodeo.In creating the sport, the visionary Cody was able to bring a bit of the Wild West to metropolitan consumers around the globe.
The event is recognized by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association and historians as the World’s first spectator rodeo, and in 2008, our Buffalo Bill Rodeo Committee was inducted in to the PRCA Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The Buffalo Bill Rodeo is held annually on the third weekend in June. The 2013 event will run from June 12-15th, starting at 8:00 pm every night and will once again feature top stock from the Beutler and Son Rodeo Company, also members of the PRCA Hall of Fame inducted in 2010.
This year’s specialty act will be a rodeo favorite, the Pro Tour FMX motorcycle jumpers. This crew will take your break away with some of the most daring acrobatics available on two wheels!
Tickets for the rodeo are available HERE! We hope you will come and see a true western original, the 2013 Buffalo Bill Rodeo!
- Wednesday, June 12th, 8:00 pm Buffalo Bill Rodeo- Nebraskaland National Bank Night- Crowning of Miss Nebraska
- Thursday, June 13th, 8:00 pm Buffalo Bill Rodeo- First National Bank Night- Tough Enough to Wear Pink Night
- Friday, June 14th, 8:00 pm Buffalo Bill Rodeo- Wells Fargo Night- Dale Studley Award Presentation
- Saturday, June 15th, 8:00 pm Buffalo Bill Rodeo- Pioneer Hi-Bred Night- Trail Boss Award Presentation
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