Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo Impacts State Dollars

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The Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo returns for another year filled with activities and officials say its presence helps boost the local economy.

Wyoming Fair and Rodeo staffs say visitors from across the world make this unique event thrive for the area.

The 69th annual Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo is back in town.

"I think it’s really great for the community and keeping the western heritage alive in the state of Wyoming and in Natrona County” says
Angela Berry with Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo

Nearly 30 carnival rides pack the Central Wyoming Fair Grounds and over 700 rodeo riders have entered their names into competition.

Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo crews say the fair's presence gives the economy a much needed boost.

Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo’s Tom Berry says “half a million through here in a week half a million dollars and then a little more than that as far as carnival revenue and what not. Economic impact with all the carnival people and all the people that come out of state and out of country were generating well over five million dollar impact into this community in seven days."

Jones also says the fair and rodeo saw nearly 130,000 people visit last year and some visitors came from across seas.

"Lot of people from Germany in here for this rodeo. Plan their vacation just come to the rodeo. About 60 percent of it is local Natrona county and about 40 percent of is out of county."

People also enjoy seeing a different attraction "we just wanted to check out the animals and bunnies. Yes we’re very excited to go see the parade” Says Casper resident Tommie Christ.

The fair staff also says participation numbers are already ahead from last year.

They hope those numbers will continue to grow.

The fair runs until July 15th.