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On June 20th, Cody Nite Rodeo Will Welcome Up To 600 People

by Billy Hathorn via CC BY-SA 3.0

A nightly rodeo in Cody is set to start June 20, after a second variance request was approved for the Cody Nite Rodeo. The approved variance allows a maximum of 600 people in the stadium.

This comes after Gov. Mark Gordon announced that six major Wyoming rodeos would be canceled this summer including the Cody Stampede. The outdoor nightly rodeo was also still under question whether it was part of that cancelation or not.

On Friday, May 29, the Cody Stampede Board said in a press release that it was not involved in the decision to cancel the events and would try to move forward with both events.

Cody Stampede Board President Mike Darby said social distancing measures and health safety standards will be taken for the nightly rodeo.

"We have plenty of room in our stands. They will seat roughly 5,000 people so if we're allowed 600 people there's plenty of room for social distancing among families or couples," said Darby.

The Cody Stampede Rodeo, which usually occurs onJuly 1 through 4, is still up in the air. But Darby said the board is working with the state to try to have some kind of event in Cody on July 4.

"We are going to have some sort of 4th of July celebration, whether it is the stampede or 4th of July celebration in the town of Cody," he said.

A variance for the Stampede Rodeo has been submitted but no decision has been made yet.

Have a question about this story? Contact the reporter, Kamila Kudelska, at kkudelsk@uwyo.edu.

Kamila has worked for public radio stations in California, New York, France and Poland. Originally from New York City, she loves exploring new places. Kamila received her master in journalism from Columbia University. She has won a regional Murrow award for her reporting on mental health and firearm owners. During her time leading the Wyoming Public Media newsroom, reporters have won multiple PMJA, Murrow and Top of the Rockies Excellence in Journalism Awards. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the surrounding areas with her two pups and husband.
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