Organizers pleased with PCA rodeo turnout

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The annual PCA finals wrapped up at the coast coliseum Sunday afternoon. Organizers say they saw more interest in the rodeo this year thanks to the addition of the Bull Run.

Over the course of the four day PCA rodeo finals, coliseum officials say it provided fun for locals and dollars for coast businesses.

Officials estimate more than 10,000 attended the 20th annual event. And they say the bull run helped by sparking people's interest in the rodeo.

"It brought a lot of attention to the rodeo. We had a great crowd last night [Saturday]. Over 150 runners participated. Not one injury, everything was safe," said Mississippi Coast Coliseum Matt McDonnell.

On the last day of the rodeo, all the action from competitions like bareback riding and calf roping had those in the stands at their edge of their seats. As for those on the dirt, they put it all on the line for their chance to win a portion of the $250,000 cash prize.

"The PCA Rodeo is awesome. It's the best rodeo association we have in this part of the country. There's other associations, but none of them pay like this. This one pays outstanding," said team roper Darrell Reeves.

Those who came to watch say the rodeo is something any age can enjoy.

Erica Tillman said, "It's very clean. There's nothing you have to worry about your kids being scarred for life seeing you know? It's enjoyable. You can see the hard work that these cowboys and cowgirls put into their activity and their career."

With 145 competitors qualifying in the PCA finals, officials say they brought quite a bit of business to the hospitality industry.

"It's a great piece of business for us particularly our hotels, restaurants, casinos, so we're very glad to have them and were going to keep doing what we have to do to keep them," said McDonnell.

Organizers say the rodeo will be back again next year and they are seriously considering bringing the bull run back also.

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