For Immediate Release
The 95th Cody Stampede is Almost Here as Town Begins to Gear up for July 4 Event; NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Allison to be Parade’s Grand Marshal
Cody, Wyo., May 30, 2014 – For folks in Cody, Wyo. the Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our country’s independence, but it is also the midsummer rodeo highlight in a town that takes its rodeo seriously.
The 95th Cody Stampede will take place July 1-4 with events taking place at 8 p.m. gates open at 6 p.m.) the first three nights with the final performances starting at 5 p.m. July 4. In addition, the event kicks off Monday, June 30 at 7 p.m. with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Xtreme Bulls event. This event features 40 of the world’s top bull riders competing for a $50,000 purse and the coveted Cody-Yellowstone Xtreme Bulls title.
“Cody and rodeo simply belong together,” said Claudia Wade, executive director of the Park County Travel Council, the tourism marketing arm of the region. “We can easily trace our roots back to the days when Buffalo Bill Cody himself presided over a town built on horsemanship and showmanship with auditions for his Wild West Show held in the heart of our community.”
Cody Stampede Rodeo is one of nine stops on the Million Dollar Gold Tour Series insuring that the top cowboys in the country come to Cody.
Other events during the celebration include parades, a street dance, barbecues and the Wild West Extravaganza in City Park, a three-day festival with arts and crafts booths, food vendors and music.
The Stampede Parade on the morning of July 4 features at least three marching bands from around the country traversing Sheridan Avenue, Cody’s main street. And every year, Cody residents look forward to the announcement of the parade grand marshal. Past grand marshals have included John Wayne, Steven Seagal, Chuck Yeager and Craig Johnson, author of the “Walt Longmire” books set in the area. This year’s grand marshal will be Bobby Allison, a 2011 inductee into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
Following the Cody Stampede Rodeo on July 4, Cody caps the annual celebration with the Cody Skylighters Fireworks Show.
Wade advises travelers book accommodations soon if they want to experience Cody Stampede . The town’s inns, lodges, hotels and guest ranches offer many types of accommodations from which to choose.
Yellowstone Country is comprised of the towns of Cody, Powell and Meeteetse as well as the valley east of Yellowstone National Park.
The area of Park County is called “Buffalo Bill’s Cody/Yellowstone Country” because it was the playground of Buffalo Bill Cody himself. Buffalo Bill founded the town of Cody in 1896, and the entire region was driven and is still heavily influenced by the vision of the Colonel. Today its broad streets, world-class museum Buffalo Bill Center of the West and thriving western culture host nearly 1 million visitors annually.
The Park County Travel Council website (www.codyyellowstone.org) lists information about vacation packages, special events, guide services, weather and more. Travelers wishing to arrange a vacation can also call the Cody Yellowstone Visitors Center at 1-800-393-2639.