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Cody, Wyoming’s Summer-Long Festival of Cowboys, Broncs and Bulls

Enjoy the Thrill of Wild West Rodeo On Your Way to Yellowstone National Park

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If you're heading to Yellowstone this summer, don't miss experiencing one of the great Wild West thrills still around, and you'll find it on the outskirts of Cody, Wyoming, gateway to the national park's east entrance.

We're talking about rodeo and some very serious cowboys, broncs and bulls.

Cody likes to bill itself as the ‘Rodeo Capital of the World,' and given the fact that during the summer months there's a rodeo taking place every night of the week, it might be tough to award that title to any other town.

Cody actually offers two rodeos-The Cody Stampede Rodeo and the Cody Nite Rodeo. Both rodeos are held at Cody Stampede Park, about two miles outside downtown Cody.

Sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA), the Cody Stampede Rodeo is a Western tradition that has its roots in ranch contests and games as well as spectacle and drama borrowed from the world famous Wild West shows produced by Col. William F. Cody.

Taking place July 1-4, 2009, the Cody Stampede Rodeo celebrates the nation's birthday with parades, a craft fair, fireworks, and of course, rodeo. This year also marks the 90th Anniversary of the Buffalo Bill Cody Stampede.

Since it is one of the stops along the PRCA Wrangler Million Dollar Gold Tour, meaning there's a committee purse of at least $20,000 in each event, the Cody Stampede Rodeo draws some real rodeo talent.

Last year, fans saw some of the very best pros from the Wrangler Tour compete at Cody, including Dave Worsfold, who won bareback honors with 87 points, Wade Sumpter, who took first place in steer wrestling, Kelly Maben, who took first in barrel racing, J.J. Elshere, who was the top saddle bronc rider, and Wesley Silcox, who not only was the best bull rider at the Cody Stampede Rodeo, but was the 2007 bull riding world champion.

In addition to the Cody Stampede Rodeo, on July 5, 2009 the PRCA's Xtreme Bulls Tour, presented by B&W Trailer Hitches, comes to town. The tour showcases many of the PRCA's top bull riders and some of the toughest bulls in the West.

The Cody Stampede Rodeo, as well as the Extreme Bulls, are reserved seating. Gates open at 7 p.m. with the rodeo beginning at 8 p.m.

If you can't make it to Cody for the Fourth of July and the Stampede, or for the Xtreme Bulls event, you can still enjoy some top rodeo talent every night of the week.

Running through Aug. 31, the Cody Nite Rodeo attracts some of  the sport's best up-and-coming competitors, all vying for purses and the chance to ride some of the best stock available in the country.

Many aspiring rodeo contestants actually spend the summer in Cody to polish their rodeo skills at Cody Nite Rodeo, also sanctioned by the PRCA. Events include bareback riding, tie-down roping, team roping, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, and the top crowd pleaser, bull riding.

The Cody Nite Rodeo usually runs about two hours, and there's always plenty of excitement. Performances are general admission, and gates open at 7 p.m. with the rodeo beginning at 8 p.m.

For information about ticket prices, visit the Web site at
www.codystampederodeo.com or call the arena office at (800) 207-0744.

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