Rodeo entertains during NebraskalandDays.
Hold on to your hats, Nebraska! The Buffalo Bill Rodeo stampeded into North Platte for NebraskalandDays June 12-15.
The pro rodeo is four days of wild west entertainment, a tribute to the cowboy skills used today—and there is still a chance to attend.
Several hundred cowboys and cowgirls come through North Platte, as well as thousands of fans who make the Buffalo Bill Rodeo and NebraskalandDays part of their summer tradition.
North Platte City Administrator Jim Hawks loves the way the Rodeo and NLD celebration unite the community and region.
“The thing I like about it is it brings the whole community together. As a city administrator, anything that gets us to pull in one direction is great,” said Hawks.
Hawks grew up in Lexington and as a kid, his family would attend the parade and the rodeo. “I’ve been around it a long time,” he said. He served five years on the NLD Board, with three of those years as president.
Pro Tour FMX Freestyle Motocross will entertain with another kind of horsepower—motorcycles—during each night of rodeo.
Barrelman and rodeo clown is John Harrison of Soper, Okla., who has never performed in North Platte but has seen pictures of his granddad, world champion bull rider Freckles Brown, riding at the rodeo.
Bullfighters are Quirt Hunt, North Platte and Andy Burelle, Ardmore, Okla., and fan favorites Hadley Barrett, Kersey, Colo., and Randy Corley, Silverdale, Wash. will announce the rodeo. Beutler and Son Rodeo Co., Elk City, Okla. will bring livestock.
The Buffalo Bill rodeo begins at 8 p.m. each night, June 12-15.
Tickets can be purchased online at NebraskalandDays.com, by calling the NLD office at 888-313-5606, or at the gate.
The Buffalo Bill Rodeo was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Hall of Fame in 2008.