Western Nebraska Rancher to Throw Rodeo Benefit For Wildfire Victims

Oct. 1, 2021, 4:52 p.m. ·

Flyer of details about the rodeo benefit
The ranch rodeo benefit will be at the Saddle Club in Scottsbluff Saturday, Oct. 2. (Photo Courtesy Saddle Club)

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Western Nebraskans are still struggling from wildfires, but one rancher from Banner County wants to help the community by throwing a rodeo benefit Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Saddle Club in Scottsbluff starting 8 a.m. MT.

Western Nebraska rancher Paula Brown lost a lot of pasture from the Hubbard Gap Fire last year. Some of her horses died and parts of her land still haven’t recovered from the damage. But her neighbors helped her through it and now, she wants to return the favor, by hosting a ranch rodeo benefit.

"So many gave back to us last year, " she said. "No matter whether we have a fire or not, I would give back in some way."

Many people in Banner County were affected by wildfires, Brown said. The Ranchers Helping Ranchers Team Roping and Ranch Rodeo Benefit will take cash donations to help families buy medicine for animals, pay bills, and more.

"We've all been working so hard and why not have fun but give back at the same time?" Brown said.

The community will always come together, no matter what type of situation, Brown said. It’s just the rancher's way.