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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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