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CASPER - The Deke Latham Memorial PRCA Rodeo, held every year since 1987 in Kaycee, is hanging up its spurs.

"The Deke," as it's known in the professional rodeo circuit, is named after Deke Latham, a rodeo cowboy who died at age 21 in a car accident.

Joyce Reculusa, Latham's mother, said it didn't make sense to try to keep the rodeo going considering the amount of work it took to stage it and the decreasing number of cowboys who were showing up for it.

Many of pro rodeo's best bronc riders, including several world champions, have traveled to Kaycee to compete in The Deke over the years.

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Reculusa said it's possible that they might continue the spirit of The Deke with a one-day bronc-riding competition.

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