The Center of the West and its staff are big supporters of the Cody Night Rodeo. It was rumored that there might be tickets available for the Wrangler Champions Challenge that is taking place at the Cody Night Rodeo grounds on August 16th. This event is an NFR performance that will be telecasted on CBS Sports Network. The 88 top contestants in the sport will compete for nearly $125,000 come early and tail gate with the sponsors and contestants. So very exciting that the staff began to e-mail in poetry and song.
These were the winning entries from Center staff hoping for tickets on a fun Friday afternoon here at the Center.
These original ditties are linked to the Strategic Plan with scholarship, creativity, collaboration and community linkage – or something like that…
Oh give me a home
Where the bulls all roam
And the beer is served all day.
Oh give me a seat,
I’ll buy a sweet treat
Where the cowboys all romp and play.
I want to go
To the rodeo–Oh-Oh
And please, don’t make me ride.
Mommas don’t let your babies grow up to be Curators
Don’t let em pick art and wear them white gloves
Let ’em be doctors and lawyers and such
Mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be Curators
Cos they’re always on the phone and want be alone
Especially with collections they love…
The teens, twenties and thirties were hard on a man,
Must make a living doing this thing and that.
Buy a bar and hotel, haul some freight, work the mines.
Work hard doing jobs, make your girls proud.
Great Grandpa Gill ran rodeo stock too,
Horses and bulls bred solid and ready.
Before semis and trailers he drove them on trails,
From Deer Lodge to Butte, Helena and beyond.
An occasional run to Miles City for shows,
Even as far as Graingeville, Idaho.
Big Gram kept a diary of adventures and trials,
And kept two little girls happy and smiling.
But times were best back home near Wise River,
Running the bar, spending time with the neighbors.
But still run the stock in the spring and the summer,
And guide hunters to wilderness adventure in winter.
(Must be sung like an old tired cowboy would sing it when sittin’ around the campfire at night)
I wanna go to the rodeo
Don’t you know how oh-oh-oh
Lotsa action, lotsa fun
It ain’t just for the beer and sun
I wanna watch the Meeteetse kid
Fight off those bulls with his steel head
Oh how I wanna go to the show
Pick me for that old rodeo!!!