Rail Town USA Collegiate Rodeo

Dustin ElliottIt was easy to see when Mid-Plains Community College hired champion bull rider Dustin Elliott as their rodeo coach at the North Platte Campus that it wouldn’t be long before North Platte was home to a college rodeo. Now, just two short years later, it is a reality with the first Rail Town USA Collegiate Rodeo scheduled for September 20 and 21 at the famed Wild West Arena.

Thirteen college rodeo teams from the NIRA Great Plains Division, including Mid-Plains Community College, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, Hastings College, Black Hills State University, Dickinson State University, Iowa Central Community College, Iowa State University, Mitchell Technical Institute, North Dakota State University, Northeast Iowa Community College, South Dakota State University, and the University of Wisconsin – River Falls plus numerous independent contestants will come to North Platte September 20 and 21 with performances at 7:00pm each night.

npcc rodeoFor more information, you can follow the Mid-Plains Community College Rodeo team on Facebook.

Tickets are now on sale for the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s “2013 Railtown U.S.A. Collegiate Rodeo” that is scheduled to take place during Railfest, Sept. 20-21, at the Nebraskaland Days Wild West Arena in North Platte.

The NIRA Great Plains Region awarded the collegiate rodeo competition to Mid-Plains Community College 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.

The rodeo will begin at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday nights. General admission tickets for each night are $11 for adults and $8 for children. Tickets are available at the Nebraskaland Days office, 509 E. 4th St. in North Platte, or online.