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BOBBY KERR

Bobby Kerr trains and performs with wild mustangs and rescue dogs in a wild west theme using antique cars.  He was 2017 and 2019 PRCA Dress Act of the Year.  Come and watch this July at NBR’s 100th year celebration in 2021.

LINCOLN, Neb. (October 22, 2020) – Nebraska tourism industry members were honored during the virtual 2020 Nebraska Tourism Industry Awards celebration.

The Outstanding In-Person Event was awarded to Nebraska’s Big Rodeo. Although many events were cancelled this year due to COVID-19, Nebraska’s Big Rodeo successfully hosted this large event during unprecedented times. The rodeo brought visitor spending to Burwell and the surrounding communities with some businesses seeing an increase in their year over year sales. Nebraska’s Big Rodeo continues to show leadership and creativity in planning and organizing an annual event of this size and caliber.

Buck LeGrand

Nebraska’s Big Rodeo Contestants to Enter National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Founded in 1955, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City is America’s premier institution promoting the enduring legacy of the American
West.  The annual Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend hosted by the Rodeo Historical Society celebrating rodeo legends’ induction into the Rodeo Hall of Fame as well as
the Ben Johnson Memorial Award recipient is slated for November 8-9.  Among those to be honored in 2019 are Oklahoma bull fighter and rodeo clown, Buck LeGrand
(1931-1997), who worked Nebraska’s Big Rodeo in Burwell 17 times beginning in 1949 and Iowa bareback-bull rider Thomas Joseph “T.J.” Walter (1949-2017) who won
the bareback title at Burwell in 1978, 1979 & 1982.

Receiving the coveted Ben Johnson Award is Oklahoma cowboy, Doug Clark.  The 57-year-old Clark, won back-
to-back calf roping titles at Nebraska’s Big Rodeo in 1986 & 1987, in addition to a 4th place steer roping finish in 1994.