The Buffalo Bill Rodeo takes place this week at the Wild West Arena in North Plattte, NE. It is regarded as America’s original rodeo first hosted by “Buffalo Bill” Cody in 1882 as the “Old Glory Blowout”. The rodeo was originally to be held earlier this summer in June as part of the annual Nebraskaland Days celebration. Because of COVID-19, the NebraskaLand Days celebration was not able to take place as originally schedule. Now that we are further into the summer and some restrictions have been loosened, the NebraskaLand Days committee is helping sponsor some events in August which includes 4 performances of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo. The event will feature all of the regular PRCA events including the addition of cowgirls’ breakaway roping.
Local cowboy and bullfighter Zach Call of Thedford will be at this year’s event to help keep the cowboys safe during the rough stock competition. Call visited with KCNI/KBBN sports and said that this will be the first rodeo that he has been able to work this summer and he said it was nice to get a phone call asking him to work a rodeo instead of informing him that a rodeo has been cancelled.
Call was in Broken Bow last week for the bull riding and bull fighting events during the Custer County Fair. He recapped his performance and while it didn’t exactly go the way he wanted it to it was great to be out performing.
Zach will be joined this week by fellow bullfighter and local boy Quirt Hunt as well rodeo clown and barrelman Mark Swingler. The familiar voice of Randy Corley will guide fans through the rodeo experience each evening of the event. The rodeo performances are scheduled for 8 pm each evening Wednesday through Saturday. Tickets can be purchased online at www.NebraskaLandDays.com, at the NebraskaLand Days Office in North Platte, or at the gate. All seating is general admission.
Listen to our full interview with Zach Call