Rock Springs braces for National High School Rodeo Finals; 10,000 visitors expected

Jul 13, 2012

Sweetwater County authorities are bracing for a flood of visitors, as the National High School Rodeo Finals kicks off in Rock Springs next week.

County Undersheriff Craig Jackson expects more than 10,000 people to visit the town. More than 60 officers will handle the security detail, but at law enforcement and emergency management personnel from across the county will be working to keep visitors and residents safe next week.

Jackson says it’s great practice.

"Anytime that we can get together and use our equipment and our personnel in a unified operation, this just makes it better down the road. So when we have an actual event, we’ve already worked together, we’ve already made sure that our communications work, which is always the biggest concern.”

Jackson says heavy traffic will probably be the biggest challenge, especially when the speed limits on Yellowstone Road drops from 45 miles-per-hour to 30.

Authorities recommend that Rock Springs residents stock up on groceries and any prescription medications before the rodeo kicks off Sunday.