|Bucking bronco at the Cody Nite Rodeo|
My guys had never seen a rodeo and the Cody Nite Rodeo, a low-key rodeo held every night from June 1st through August 31st, was the perfect entertainment on a beautiful summer night.
This two hour rodeo had everything the larger ones had . . .
. . . an angry bull named “Diablo” ready to take on the cowboy brave enough to ride him . . .
|Diablo ready to take on anyone|
. . . bucking broncos and silly rodeo clowns (who told PG jokes) . . .
|Rodeo clown entertaining the crowd at the Cody Nite Rodeo|
. . . barrel racing and calf roping . . .
|He got ‘em!|
. . . and even a mad calf scramble that my kids participated in . . .
|Look for the bright orange shirt – that’s one of mine|
And for those of you wondering what a “calf scramble” is . . . picture over 50 kids (age 12 and under) madly running around the rodeo arena chasing three calves with bandannas tied to their tails. It’s like “capture the flag” with a moving target! Kids from Connecticut, Michigan, and North Carolina won.
|A “real” cowboy hat|
. . . a “real” cowboy hat previously worn by rodeo participants. And while some people may have an “eww” factor at the thought of a “used” hat – the dents and dings in those cowboy hats meant more to my guys than a pristine hat from a shop ever would – especially after they saw the intense action that kids as young as six saw on bucking broncos and bulls.