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Sheridan Wyo Rodeo gets underway

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The Sheridan Wyo Rodeo is just getting started.

"It's going to be crazy.  This town just comes alive," said Wyo Rodeo president Zane Garstad."

Steer roping slack started Tuesday morning and the rodeo performances and Indian relay races get going Wednesday night.

"We're what we call the Million Dollar Silver Tour.  We attract the top cowboys and cowgirls from North America," said Garstad.

Organizers like Garstad work year round to setup the event, but he says it's worth it when he sees how the entire community rallies around the rodeo.

"Sheridan really embraces this event.  They really take ownership in it so everybody's into it," said Garstad.

"I think we have a really great business community that is really looking forward to rodeo and knows that every year they have an opportunity to really, basically make hay while the sun shines so to speak," said Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce CEO Dixie Johnson.

The rodeo and the visitors obviously benefit the Sheridan economy.  Organizers say the event brings in $5 million.

"I know that they estimate around 20,000 people will attend the rodeo performances," said Johnson.

"We probably have about 15,000 people on the streets of Sheridan in that parade, watching the parade," said Garstad.

The annual Rodeo Boot Kickoff Party is going on at Kendrick Park Tuesday night and the parade makes its way through Downtown Sheridan at 10 a.m. Friday.

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