ROCK SPRINGS (WNE) — The 2019 National High School Finals Rodeo marked record highs in the amount of contestants, horses, recreational vehicles and entries.
The event saw 1,590 contestants, the highest number Sweetwater Events Complex has checked in since it began hosting the event in 2012.
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“The National High School Finals Rodeo is a huge success for the city of Rock Springs, city of Green River, Sweetwater County and the state of Wyoming," Events Complex Executive Director Larry Lloyd said. "It is estimated to bring $8,487,383 into our economy. These families are staying in our hotels, eating at our local restaurants, fueling up at our gas stations, renting tubes to float the Green River and buying fishing poles to fish Lake Flaming Gorge and the Green River."
This year broke another record with an all-time high of 1,787 contestants. Participants entered a range of events from barrel racing and poles to bareback and bull riding. Many were involved in more than one event. Along with the traditional rodeo events, there are 42 queens and 181 shooting sports contestants.