It’s fitting that Tate’s reintroduction to Cody will be exactly the same as in previous years.
“It seems like every year when we come to town it gets cold and rainy,” said Maury Tate. “It was the same.”
He runs the Mo ‘Betta Rodeo Company, the stock contractor for the Cody Nite Rodeo. Much like the trip back to the rodeo capital of the world, the CNR will look a lot like it was after the pandemic that shook things up last summer when it opened on Tuesday.
The rodeo brings back resident clown free makeup. The mascot, Cody the Kid, will be spending more face-to-face time with downtown residents and visitors (and will have special gifts for them).
In the arena itself, Mo ‘Betta took the limits of the competitors and brought the slack back. The crowd-favorite calf race is also making a comeback. More competitors are good for business and good for the crowd, and the company expects a banner year for rodeo attendees, Tate said.
“My phone is ringing off the hook,” said Nikki Tate, who manages candidate registrations. “I have the feeling that we are going to be overrun by the competitors. We are back to normal. We slack off after the rodeo, so we don’t turn anyone away.
Park County Nite is Saturday and tickets for residents are just $ 10. Before the rodeo begins that night, Tris Munsick and the Innocents will perform in the arena at 6 p.m., the rodeo will follow at its regular start time of 8 p.m.
“I’m anxious for Park County Nite because I think people have been locked in for a long time after last year and it looks like things are opening up now,” said Maury Tate. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we have a big crowd at Park County Nite. You are still excited about it. These kids can never compete in a place where there are 3,000 people or in an arena of this size. “
It wouldn’t be a rodeo without a bit of a clown, and this year legendary barrier Sid McFarland will open his doors as the Funny Evening Man during the first two weeks of the Summer Show. McFarland, 70, has been clowning for over 40 years and is making his comeback to clowning in Cody for the first time in three years.
The rodeo has also expanded its offering of summer rodeo schools. The five-day free clinics cover rough and rope and will be held in the area. The clinics take place every week from the beginning of June to the end of July. Watching student growth in clinics is one of Maury’s favorite parts of Nite Rodeo.
“It’s about seeing kids reach their potential and seeing them get better and better, go somewhere else and earn and get scholarships,” he said. “We don’t know how many kids have been through here who got scholarships and went on and paid for their education.”
When: Every evening from June to August. Doors open at 7 p.m., the rodeo begins at
Cost: Adults $ 23, children 7 to 12 $ 11.50, children 6 and under, free; Park County Nite, $ 10