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Governor Gordon expresses disappointment that Wyoming's 6 largest rodeos are cancelled in 2020

Governor stands with event organizers to support their decision


May 28, 2020

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon and representatives from the state’s largest rodeos announced today that six of Wyoming’s large rodeos and events will not take place in 2020. This decision factored in economics, health concerns and logistics.

The cancellation decision was made collectively and includes the Thermopolis Cowboy Rendezvous PRCA Rodeo in late June as well the Cody Stampede, Central Wyoming Fair & PRCA Rodeo in Casper, the Sheridan WYO Rodeo and Breakaway Roping, Laramie Jubilee Days, and Cheyenne Frontier Days, all scheduled for July.

“This hurts. I grew up with rodeo and it is part of Wyoming’s fabric and our culture,” Governor Gordon said. “All the rodeos impacted today are fabulous events. It is with a heavy heart, and only after many long discussions with these fine folks on ways we could make large-venue rodeos work, did we realize that it just wasn’t going to be possible this year.”

The Governor and his staff met with rodeo committee members from Cody, Sheridan, Thermopolis, Laramie, Casper and Cheyenne over the past several weeks to consider potential social distancing measures, entrance and exit plans, and other possibilities to ensure safely staging rodeos, parades, carnivals and concerts.

Flanked by representatives of all six rodeos, the Governor said that after several weeks of evaluation, discussions, and considerations of every possible scenario, it was clear that there was no safe or economically viable path forward at this time for these events.

“The health and safety of our fans, volunteers, contestants and first responders is our primary concern.” the Governor emphasized. “I know what this means for rodeo, for our communities and to Wyoming’s summer. The financial and emotional impacts are immense. But it’s the right thing to do. We are committed to doing all we can to ensure smaller rodeos and events will still be able to occur."

While these six Western celebrations are not possible in 2020, there is a statewide commitment to returning stronger than ever in 2021.

Contact information for each of the rodeos follows below:

Thermopolis Cowboy Rendezvous

Contact: T.J. Owsley; [email protected] ; 307-921- 0534

Cody Stampede

Contact: Mike Darby; [email protected]; 307 250 1259

Central Wyoming Fair & Rodeo

Contact: Tom Jones; [email protected]; (307) 258-3886

Sheridan Wyo Rodeo

Contact: Billy Craft; [email protected]; 307-751-1831

Laramie Jubilee Days

Contact: Guy Warpness; [email protected]; 307-760-8777

Cheyenne Frontier Days

Contact: Nicole Gamst; [email protected]; 307 778 7210


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