Stampede Celebration Starts Friday
Written by andrew-rossi on June 27, 2017
The community of Cody is preparing for the upcoming 4th of July celebration.
The 98th Annual Cody Stampede will kick off this weekend, with rodeos beginning Friday evening, parades Sunday through Tuesday, craft fairs and music performances throughout the community, and fireworks after dark on the 4th of July.
At last Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the Council approved street closures for the Wild West Extravaganza, which will set up between Beck and Sheridan Avenues on 10th Street July 1st through the 4th, and reserve 9th Street in that same section for parking for vendors.
The Council also approved a request from Gail Nace of the Silver Dollar bar to allow all retail liquor license holders to stay open until 4 a.m. on July 2nd and 3rd.
The Cody Stampede Rodeo, a PRCA-sanctioned five day event, will start this Friday with the Extreme Bulls event, continuing for the next four evenings with nationally ranked professional cowboys and cowgirls competing for prize money, which will earn them points towards the National Finals in Las Vegas in December.
Stampede Board President Mike Darby says the Cody Stampede is one of nine stops on the Million Dollar Gold Tour Series – insuring that the top cowboys in the country will come to Cody.
To round out the celebration, the Cody Skylighters have been raising funds to put on their fifteen-minute, fifteen thousand dollar display, which will begin at 10 p.m. on the 4th of July to end the festivities.