The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s “2013 Railtown U.S.A. Collegiate Rodeo" is scheduled during Rail Fest, Sept. 20-21. The rodeo will be held the Wild West Arena in North Platte, which is also the home of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo during Nebraskaland Days.
The rodeo will take place on Friday and Saturday nights and will hopefully provide an enjoyable evening of entertainment for those who may not have ever been close to a rodeo before.
After all, North Platte is the birthplace of American rodeo and since the Buffalo Bill Rodeo is such a world-class event, we’re planning to model the college rodeo after it, college spokesman Chuck Salestrom said.
Salestrom noted that the NIRA Great Plains Region awarded the collegiate rodeo competition to MPCC earlier this summer.
Twelve men’s teams and nine women’s collegiate rodeo teams from Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota and Wisconsin compete in the Great Plains Region.
Salestrom said the college is appreciative of the Nebraskaland Days organization for their support of the rodeo.
“This rodeo just wouldn’t be possible without the help and support of the folks at Nebraskaland Days,” he said. “Among other things, they are allowing us use of the Wild West Arena free of charge and are also selling tickets for us though their office. We’re extremely grateful for all they are doing to help.”
Another organization that has stepped up to the plate is First National Bank of North Platte, Salestrom said.
“We’re excited and grateful to First National Bank for joining us in what is expected to be a great weekend of quality rodeo events,” he said.
The rodeo will begin at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday nights. General admission each night is $10 for adults and $7 for children.
Tickets are available at the Nebraskaland Days office, 509 E. 4th St. in North Platte, or online HERE.
There is also a link to purchase tickets on the MPCC website, at www.mpcc.edu.