National High School Rodeo Finals in Rock Springs July 15-21
July 15, 2012
The National High School Rodeo Finals are set for July 15 - 21 at the County Events Complex north of Rock Springs. Over 1,500+ contestants, their families, and spectators and visitors are expected to attend.
Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell said, "There’s little doubt this is the biggest thing to ever happen here, and we’re proud to host such a landmark event."
Contestants from 41 states, five Canadian provinces, and even Australia will be competing this year in 13 performances over a seven-day period. Event organizers are projecting a $9 million to $10 million economic impact to the county.
"The projection for spectators is between 4,000 and 5,000 for each of the twice-daily performances," Haskell said. "6,000 to 8,000 people will be living at 1,220 RV campsites at the Recreation Complex, and virtually every hotel and motel room in Rock Springs and Green River has been booked for that week. The same goes for all our commercial campgrounds."
Haskell said the event presents an enormous challenge for law enforcement. A single, unified command structure has been created to coordinate the resources of emergency services providers for the event. Agencies participating include the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, the Rock Springs and Green River Police Departments, the Wyoming Highway Patrol, law enforcement officers from Bairoil and Granger, Emergency Management personnel from Sweetwater and Sublette Counties, Uinta County deputies, and all local fire departments and ambulance services.