SHERIDAN — Official numbers are in, and this year’s Sheridan-Wyo-Rodeo is the biggest on record.
Zane Garstad, president of the rodeo board, said 19,354 tickets were sold, bringing in a net profit of approximately $303,000. Friday and Saturday nights’ events were sold out.
“This is our best year yet,” Garstad said, adding that around 18,500 tickets were sold last year.
Garstad said the growth of Sheridan’s infamous event speaks not only to the economic recovery, but to the fact that the rodeo’s popularity is growing on a local level.
“Believe it or not, the majority of the tickets we’ve sold have been to people from here,” Garstad said.
“We’re finding this is a reason for people to come home,” he added. “Even if they don’t come back for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but they do come home for the rodeo. The entire town owns this event, and everyone has been very supportive. They value, respect and participate in the event.”
This year’s total payout to event winners, generally around $11,000 per event, totaled $291,417. Garstad said payout fees come largely from contestants’ entry fees.