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Cheyenne Frontier Days Wins 2009 Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year Award

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For the sixth year in a row, Cheyenne Frontier Days (www.cfdrodeo.com) has received the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's (PRCA) Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year award, an honor voted on by rodeo contract personnel, judges, clowns, stock contractors and contestants.

The Large Outdoor Rodeo of the Year award, along with winners in 10 other categories, was announced at the Annual PRCA Awards Banquet, held Dec. 2, 2009 at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas.

The awards banquet precedes the PRCA's 2009 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, held Dec. 3-12 in Las Vegas. OldWestNewWest.com Travel & History Magazine will provide our readers with the results.

"This is quite an honor, because the people who vote are the people we serve, and the cowboys who participate," said Rod Hottle, general chairman for the Cheyenne Frontier Days. "But the best way to describe [our reaction] is that it was a team effort that won the award, our 2,000 volunteers, stock contractors and vendors."

While this is the sixth year in a row that Cheyenne Frontier Days has been named top large outdoor rodeo, it also marks the eleventh time that Cheyenne Frontier Days has won the award.

"Obviously it makes us feel good, but we never take it for granted," he added. "We are always working to improve the rodeo, the events and how we do things."

Other rodeos up for voting in the large outdoor rodeo category were Salinas, Calif., Pendleton, Ore., Springdale, Ark. and Reno, Nev.

Other category winners were:

The Small Rodeo of the Year award went to Estes Park, Colo. Other entrants were Bandera, Texas, Goliad, Texas, Clear Lake, S.D. and Mesquite, Texas.

The Medium Rodeo of the Year award went to Deadwood, S.D. Other entrants were Abilene, Texas, Ogden, Utah, Amarillo, Texas and Phillipsburg, Kan.

The Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year award went to San Antonio, Texas. Other entrants were Denver, Colo., Jackson, Miss., Fort Worth, Texas and Houston, Texas.

The Stock Contracting Firm of the Year award went to Stace Smith Pro Rodeos. Other entrants were Andrews Rodeo Co., Growney Bros Rodeo Co., Beutler & Son Rodeo Co. and Classic Pro Rodeo.

The Remuda Award for a rodeo (best bucking horses at their rodeo) went to Farm City Pro Rodeo of Hermiston, Ore., while the Remuda Award for a stock contractor (best pen of bucking horses) went to Calgary Stampede.

Barrelman and entertainer Keith Isley was the big winner at the awards banquet. Isley, from Goldston, N.C., was selected Comedy Act of the Year, Clown of the Year and Coors Man in the Can.

The PRCA (
www.prorodeo.com) is the largest national rodeo association in the U.S., with the largest prize money offered to contestants.

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