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The Top 10 Rodeos in North America

The rodeo has been called "the circus of the west," but its roots are in the hard work of everyday ranching; those rodeo clowns don't just entertain the kids, they also keep the rodeo pit safe by distracting unruly broncos when the stars hit the ground. Rodeo organizers try to make the danger worth it by competing to offer the biggest purses and draw the biggest stars. Below are the 10 biggest in North America as of 1994.

Rodeo Total Purse Location When
1. National Finals Rodeo $2,573,675 Las Vegas, Nev. December
2. Houston Livestock Show $330,649 Houston, Texas February/ March
3. Dodge National Circuit Finals $231,428 Pocatello, Idaho March
4. Reno Rodeo $124,500 Reno, Nev. June
5. Original Coors Rodeo Showdown $120,000 Phoenix, Ariz. October
6. Calgary Stampede $118,750 Calgary, Alberta July
7. Cheyenne Frontier Days $117,000 Cheyenne, Wyo. July
8. Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show and Rodeo $112,000 Ft. Worth, Texas January/ February

9. National Western Rodeo $109,000 Denver, Colo. January
10. San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo $100,020 San Antonio, Texas February

SOURCE: Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Colorado Springs, Colo.

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