No attendance drop seen for rodeo

       More than 500 cowboys and cowgirls competed for $233,000 in prize money at the 69th annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo July 8-11 at the Norris-Penrose Event Center.

An unidentified team roping duo start lassoing right out of the chute at the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo July 11 at Norris-Penrose.
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       Attendance was close to past years, according to event spokesperson Nikki Wall. This was despite “significant storms,” she said. A weaker economy might actually have helped at the gate: “People are staying closer to home and bringing the whole family out.”
       Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo is a sanctioned event on the Pro Rodeo tour.
       Proceeds from the event are distributed to military charities. Those dollar numbers won't be finalized until August, Wall said.
       The rodeo has evolved in recent years to include a matinee on Saturdays and numerous pre-event activities outside the stadium. Wall said it's not known yet if there will be any major changes for the 70th annual rodeo next year.
       “We have our recap meeting in August to discuss what worked, what didn't and how we can reinvent ourselves to produce a world class event that brings to life our western heritage and makes a rodeo fan for life,” she said.

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