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Nebraskaland Days on ParadeTell North Platte what you think
Photo by George Lauby
Buffalo Bill, portrayed by Bruce Richman
Photo by George Lauby
Brenda Grant's Percheron and carriage
Photo by George Lauby
Todd and Anne Bissell
Photo by George Lauby
North Platte High School band
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Cole Race, NPHS drummer
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Buffalo Bill Rodeo riders
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Lincoln County Sheriff Jerome Kramer
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North Platte Fire Department boom truck
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Temperatures in the high 70s and a 10 mile-an-hour southerly breeze set the stage for 153 parade entrants and thousands of watchers Saturday at the annual Nebraskaland Days parade.

Rodeo Queens, ambassadors, hobbyists, businesses and hostesses rode horses, cars, stagecoaches, carriages and floats along the two-mile route on E. Fourth and N. Jeffers streets.

The parade lasted nearly two hours.

Todd and Anne Bisell were the grand marshals, having won the 2014 Dale Studley Memorial award for outstanding contributions to Nebraskaland Days every year. They rode in a spritely carriage pulled by a grey Percheron gelding, owned by Brenda Grant of BG Stables of North Platte. 

Bissell served on the Nebraskland Days board of directors from 1993-96 and is active with the Cody Cavalry. He has served on the arena and security committees and used his mechanical expertise to help build a number of things in and around the Wild West Arena, Nebraskaland Days Executive Director David Fudge said. 

Todd and Ann volunteer throughout the celebration. and have cooked countless amounts of food for gatherings for performing artists and Miss Rodeo Nebraska functions. They donate their time and his equipment freely, Fudge said. 

"Todd is a great example of what it means to be a member of the Nebraskaland Days family," Fudge said. "He’s a valued friend and answers the call whenever and wherever we need him."

Grant's Percheron Turbo is a dapple grey, 6-year-old that weighs 1,800 pounds.

The number of entries in the parade was 8% higher than a year ago.

Kids cleaned up on candy, gathering it up by the bagful.

The Bulletin staff handed out its 12th annual special parade edition all along the route, featuring an in-depth report about the wild bucking stock the Beutler and Son provide each year for the Buffalo Bill Rodeo. (If you didn't get a copy, we have a few left at the office.)

Here are photos of many of the entrants:


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/21/2014
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