MontanaFair rodeo sets attendance record

2014-08-19T16:35:00Z 2014-08-20T14:32:12Z MontanaFair rodeo sets attendance record The Billings Gazette
August 19, 2014 4:35 pm

The MontanaFair PRCA Yellowstone River Round-Up rodeo drew a record crowd of 13,854 for the three performances.

The rodeo was Aug. 14-16.

It was a 15 percent increase from the 2013 attendance.

This year's rodeo featured 17 past or present world champions, along with more than 80 competitors who had qualified for the National Finals Rodeo.

Some of the competitors included 19-time world champion Trevor Brazile, along with two-time world team roping champion Clay Tryan and eight-time world champion Cody Ohl, who shared first place in tie-down roping.

With help from the Cowboy Club, the rodeo increased its added money to $6,500 per event, an 11 percent increase from the previous year.

"Fans want to see quality performers," said Bob Dunker, chairman of the Cowboy Club. "To get the best to compete at your rodeo, you need to have a large enough purse to justify that trip to Montana. Increasing the purse and promoting rodeo is the mission of the Cowboy Club."

The 2014 Yellowstone River Round-Up had a record 536 entries and paid out $130,534, up 20 percent from last year.

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