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Wrangler National Finals Rodeo estimated to bring in $88M
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LAS VEGAS -- The richest and most prestigious rodeo in the world has marked 30 years in southern Nevada. Organizers of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo are expecting more people to attend this year than last year.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority estimate people in town for the rodeo will spend $88 million over the next ten days for hotels, shopping and dining.

Organizers of the rodeo said they hope to see that number increase, especially now that the rodeo is staying in town for the next ten years.

"We have a ten year agreement, so prize money for next year will go from $6.3 million to $10 million. The contestants are very happy about that,” said Pat Christenson, president, Las Vegas Events.

Professional cowboys like 2013 bull riding world champ J.W. Harris said there's nothing like competing in Las Vegas.

"This place never gets old. I still get butterflies whenever I step foot into Thomas and Mack,” Harris said.

Although it's not his first time at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Harris and other bull riders say they work hard to make there.

"The ultimate goal is to end up here. Every ride matters," said W.G. Brooks, mini bull rider.

This is Brooks first time at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. When asked what he does to stay focused during competition he said, "I mainly just ride and keep my mind on that.”

Brooks said he plans to be back one day to compete against the professionals at the national finals rodeo. There are 10 performances this year, along with a number of other rodeo events happening around town.

Tickets are available on the rodeo's ticket exchange website.

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