Fourth of July in Cody is always a highlight of the summer season and this upcoming one will be even more special, since it is the 100th anniversary of Cody Stampede.
When the Cody Stampede was founded by Ernest Goppert Sr., Larry Larom, Caroline Lockhart, William Loewer and Clarence Williams, they probably couldn’t fathom at the time that it would grow to become what it is today – titled the PRCA’s Largest One Header Rodeo. (Learn more about the history by checking out our recently released Stampede Centennial publication)
This year Thursday’s special concert kicks off the celebration even earlier then normal. A Evening with Clint Black is a free concert being held at Stampede Park. Donations are being accepted and will go directly to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Then the Xtreme Bulls will again kick off the rodeo on June 30, with 40 bull riders matched against the PRCA’s best bucking bulls to compete for more than $15,000 in cash. There also will be a Bullfighters Only performance featuring Dusty Tuckness.
From July 1-4 more than 800 of the top contestants will vie for a purse of more than $400,000. Most of the biggest names in the sport will be sure to stop in Cody during the week.
And before the rodeos you can check out the Cody Stampede Plaza: Your Pre-Rodeo Fun Zone.
The plaza inside the front gate will not only feature the usual available Cody Nite Rodeo rides of a mechanical bull and the real bull Mongo, but booths and games, food and concessions, a petting zoo, live music and entertainment.
Cody always does itself proud during the Fourth of July and this year looks to be even better.