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Attendance slightly up at this year's National Finals Rodeo

Posted at 9:58 AM, Dec 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-16 12:58:40-05

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Attendance at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is up slightly over last year.

Figures released Sunday show 169,171 people attended the rodeo, concerts and other events on the Las Vegas Strip and downtown. Las Vegas Events says that's about 220 more people than in 2017 but down from previous years.

The 10-day event that attracts the top rodeo contestants wrapped up Saturday night.

The rodeo is held at the Thomas & Mack Center. A Cowboy Christmas exhibit is at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Other spots also host concerts and live feeds of the rodeo.

The following earned the title of world champion this year: Tim O’Connell, bareback riding; Tyler Waguespack, steer wrestling; Clay Smith (header) andPaul Eaves (heeler), team roping; Wade Sundell, saddle bronc riding; Caleb Smidt, tie-down roping; Hailey Kinsel, barrel racing; Sage Kimzey, bull riding and Trevor Brazile, All-Around.