Sutherland prepares for 4th of July Rodeo

The rodeo will be held with certain restrictions July 3-4
Published: Jun. 29, 2020 at 11:43 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - The 83rd annual Sutherland 4th of July Rodeo will be held as scheduled July 3-4.

The rodeo committee coordinated with local health officials to make sure the rodeo is in compliance with CDC recommendations. The schedule for events outside of the rodeo will look a little different, the rodeo grounds can only operate at 75% capacity, and concessions will be modified to limit contact between patrons, but outside of those restrictions, the rodeo will look largely similar to how it has in the past.

The rodeo typically has between 400 and 500 participants, but this year will have just under 400 participants. Despite fewer contestants, Rodeo Committee Treasurer Janet Mueller believes the show will be just as enjoyable as it has in previous years.

“The performance will be the same size as last year, the slack will just be a little bit smaller,” Mueller said. “On the night of the third, we are bringing in what we call the ranch bronc riding, so that’s a new event for us this year, so we’re hoping that I’ll be entertaining as well.”

Mueller said people in the community she has spoken to are excited to have the event.

“There is quite a bit of excitement in general, everybody’s excited that there’s a little bit of normalcy that’s coming back. It’s been a long six months through all of this, and this way we can give back to our communities and let everybody still enjoy a little bit,” she said.

2020 Rodeo schedule:

July 3

Junior Queen Contestants: Horsemanship @ 9:00 a.m., Luncheon @ 12:20 p.m.

Boots scramble and calf scramble @ 7:00 p.m., with rodeo to follow (approximate start time 7:30)

July 4

Sutherland Cruise @ 10:00 a.m.

Boots scramble and calf scramble @ 7:00 p.m., with rodeo to follow, with Rodeo Queen coronation (approximate start time 7:30)

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