Just in time to plan your Cody/Yellowstone Country vacation, I’m going to tell you about two amazing events that take place here in Cody every summer.
One of these signature events is, obviously, the rodeo! But not just any rodeo. The Cody Nite Rodeo is the longest-running outdoor nightly rodeo in the country. It’s got all the excitement of the big-time events – steer wrestling, barrel racing, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping… you get the idea – and it happens EVERY NIGHT from June through August!
But speaking of big-time rodeo events, Cody is also proud to show off the best of the rodeo world every July 1-4 during the Cody Stampede! It’s been voted the best outdoor rodeo in the country more than once, and it draws rodeo cowboys and cowgirls from New York to Australia, competing in the various events. At the Cody Stampede, you’ll see big rodeo names like Bobby Mote, Howdy Cloud, Billy Etbauer and local boy Kanin Asay – and all the big rodeo action that comes with it!
We’re also proud to host, for the fifth year in a row, the Cody/Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls tour. The top bull riders from all over the country compete in this tour, which is televised on the GAC network. Hosted by Donnie Gay and Cody’s own Dan Miller, the event shows off the best that rodeo AND Cody have to offer!
Okay, so that’s the cowboy part… the Indian part is just as cool! This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Plains Indian Powwow at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. The event showcases Native American drumming, competitive dance, and the vibrant cultural traditions of Northern Plains tribes. The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19, with grand entries at noon and 6 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.
According to folks at the BBHC, the powwow began in 1982 with just a few dancers and one group of singers who stopped to participate on their way to another powwow. The event has since grown to include several hundred dancers—men, women, and children ranging in age from “tiny tots” to golden age—representing some thirty tribes from across the Plains, at least a dozen drum groups, about four thousand spectators, and more than forty arts vendors. And it’s not just a demonstration, either – the dancers compete for more than $30,000 in cash and other prizes!
So when you’re making your plans to head this direction for your summer vacation, Cody is where you’ll find the true West! Stop in and see what we’re all about!
Until next time, I’ll be lovin’ life in Buffalo Bill’s Country…
Corrie N. Cody