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Mon April 13, 2009
Rodeo fares well despite downturn
By Renny McKay
Laramie, WY – While many professional sports are expecting a downturn in attendance and revenue this year, rodeo is doing quite well. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association sanctions about 600 rodeos per year, including 21 in Wyoming. PRCA spokesperson, Jim Bainbridge, says several big events have already happened this year and some of them drew record crowds. He says Cheyenne Frontier Days should have similar success and even Wyoming's smaller rodeos could do well: "People may stick closer to home and they will enjoy having a chance to get out at night and see a rodeo and visit with their friends. So, there is no reason to think they wouldn't do well at this point."
Wyoming is losing at least one rodeo. This summer the Deke Latham Memorial Rodeo in Kaycee won't happen. But, Bainbridge says it is normal for some rodeos to take a year off.