Things to Do in Burwell, NE

 Nebraska's Big Rodeo

While staying at our campground in Burwell, NE, take the chance to visit Nebraska's Big Rodeo! 

What is it?

The Burwell, Nebraska rodeo celebrates the western heritage of the town of Burwell, NE. Started in 1921, the rodeo has a variety of events to keep you on the edge of your seat. Watch cowboys wrestle with cows, struggle to stay on the back of horses and bulls and more! The year 2021 is especially memorable because that's the 100-year anniversary of the rodeo since it's been open.

The team that runs the rodeo does a great job of making sure you're having a good time at the events. The rodeo is run by a board of directors, volunteers, contractors and other personnel. You'll also notice the various sponsors like Pathway Bank and Spelts Lumber Co. & Hardware that make the rodeo possible.

Visitors love coming to the rodeo because it's well-organized, has a variety of food options and the staff are helpful and friendly. Additionally, the atmosphere here is exciting and family-friendly, making for a tremendous experience. 

What's the event schedule?

The 2021 event schedule for Nebraksa's Big Rodeo in Burwell, NE is:
  • July 27: Timed Event Slack at 9 a.m.
  • July 28: Barrel Race Slack at 8 a.m.; PRCA Rodeo Performance at 7 p.m.
  • July 29: PRCA Steer Roping at 8 a.m.; PRCA Rodeo Performance at 7 p.m.
  • July 30: Timed Event Slack at 9 a.m.; PRCA Rodeo Performance at 7 p.m.
  • July 31: PRCA Rodeo Performance at 7 p.m.

Some of the typical events you'll see at this rodeo are:
  • Bareback riding
  • Saddle "bronc" riding
  • Bull riding
  • Steer wrestling
  • Tie down roping
  • Team roping
  • Barrel racing
  • Breakaway roping

You can also attend the Garfield County Fair from July 27 to Aug. 1. 

What are the Nebraska Big Rodeo results for 2020?

Nebraska's Big Rodeo didn't post any results for 2020. Though, Nebraska Tourism Industry members were awarded in 2020 during a virtual 2020 Nebraska Tourism Industry Awards celebration. The rodeo was awarded Outstanding In-Person Event for being hosted during the pandemic, too.


We enjoyed our time at Burwell's big rodeo this evening. A friend gave us box seats right along the fense. The rodeo was highly entertaining with a quick moving schedule of events. The atmosphere was exciting, and we were blessed with very comfortable weather. My favorite event was the bull riding. After the rodeo there was plenty to do and see too. I enjoyed a great sandwich at the Cactus Jack food stand. Thanks for well run show and great job of hosting it.
Joel Wentworth from Google Reviews
What a tremendous experience it is to attend this huge rodeo! The parking is well thought out; the food vendors were amazing; everyone working from security to ticket sales to drink sales was friendly and attentive. The rodeo itself is great fun (and is undeterred by weather). Highly recommended!
David Forney from Google Reviews
Good food, Good seats, bathrooms were really clean, overall one of the better rodeo experiences ive had - there have been many! - at least one of the best ones this far north, haha I love a good southern rodeo.
Peter Hayword from Google Reviews


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