Breakaway roping is coming in 2021!!!


Garfield County is excited to announce they have received a Notice of Award for federal tourism grant dollars through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, in the amount of $435,000.  These funds were recently awarded by the Nebraska Department of Economic Development.  The total project is proposed to be $745,000, with the local matching funds of $310,000 being contributed to the project.

This construction project will provide significant improvements to the Fair Association’s grounds, and expand opportunities for all fairground visitors to attend and enjoy Nebraska’s Big Rodeo and other important events at the fairgrounds.

Garfield County will be partnering with the Garfield County Frontier Fair Association on this project to improve fair and rodeo grounds, which will include the replacement of wind-damaged bleachers; construct bathrooms; pour concrete for boxed seating, walkways, concession area and parking; and construct a cover for safety of visitors.  This project will provide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility and will also benefit those persons with mobility issues.


The above is part of a press release notifying the area of the grant award that will make the grounds more accessible to the attendees with disabilities but also make it a more enjoyable experience for everyone .   The Garfield County Frontier Fair Association is working on projects to come up with the matching funds  but if you are a business or individual that would like to help with the matching funds, please contact Jess Helgoth (308.530.2981) or Tony Larsen (402.217.2000).  Any amount will be appreciated.


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.