I resolve to be “Cody-centric” in 2013 and enjoy events that are unique to my hometown in Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country.
Here’s what I will do in Cody.
Take a beginners ice climbing lesson at the 15th Annual Cody Ice Festival, February 16 and 17. Most people do not know that we have porous volcanic soil that allows for easy water seepage and some of the best ice climbing in the world. Yes, the world! Our mountains receive large amounts of snow that melts and fills many different drainages. This results in spring-fed waterfalls that are constantly regenerating themselves and freezing into high-quality ice climbs. Climbers are still discovering new waterfalls in the region, and some have made dozens of “first ascents” over the past few years.
The whole family will have fun during the Cody Stampede. This year’s celebration kicks off Sunday, June 30 with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Xtreme Bulls event. The four Cody Stampede Rodeos – part of the Wrangler Pro Rodeo Tour sanctioned by PRCA – are held July 1 – 4. We will sit at our favorite spot on main street and watch one of the largest and best parades in Wyoming on July 4. That night Cody skies will be ablaze with dazzling fireworks.
I will attend “Cody High Style: Designing the West.” Held September 18-22, the Cody Chamber of Commerce hosts an annual exhibition that celebrates the furniture and fashion of the West. Some furniture designers even moved to Cody as a result of this annual Western design event. We will stroll main street during the Boot, Scoot and Boogie event and sample food, watch craftsmen create masterpieces and dance to live western music! All this is part of a great week in Cody, the Rendezvous Royale.
We can’t wait to watch the experts at the 32nd Annual Plains Indian Powwow. Located at the Robbie Gardens outside the Buffalo Bill Center of the West June 15 and 16, the Powwow features Indian dancing and drum competition as well as food and crafts from the Indian culture. I will make sure to have my camera and plenty of memory available because the action and the colorful dancing costumes make this one of the most photogenic events I have ever seen.
It’s wonderful to live in a place with all these great events!
Corrie N. Cody