Tucson Rodeo brings in millions to our local economy - Tucson News Now

Tucson Rodeo brings in millions to our local economy

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Thousands are in Tucson for the annual rodeo, spending their dollars helping our local businesses.

The rodeo brings in 16 million dollars a year.

Opening day consisted of bull riding and many other competitions. "This is what I live, breathe and eat all day," said Dusty Tuckness, of Wyoming. "I'm fighting bulls all year long."

While the attendance was slightly down this year by only a couple hundred, organizers are still pleased with the 62 hundred that turned out.

"Forty percent of our population are tourists. They're going to be in hotels, restaurants and buying fuel and groceries," said Dr. Bill Schurg with Tucson Rodeo.

Nancy Escobedo is from Las Vegas. She's one of the many contributing to the millions pouring into our local economy.

"I've been to rodeo's in California and Nevada and they're so big. Here, it's just us two and we made friends," said Escobedo. "Like every 5 minutes we met someone new."

Always someone or something new. Jennifer Vimmerstedt attended a photography workshop for the first time. She spent the afternoon snapping photos with expensive camera equipment loaned to rodeo-goers.

"I've always been on that side of it," said Vimmerstedt, a past Rodeo queen. "I wanted to see what it was like on this side of it."

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