From ANIMAL PEOPLE, March 2011:
Illinois axes subsidy for National High School Rodeo Finals
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois--The Illinois Department of Agriculture on January 27, 2011 notified the National High School Rodeo Association that it can no longer afford the $1 million annual cost of underwriting the National High School Rodeo Finals, a 10-day event held in Springfield in 2000, 2001, 2006, and 2007, due to have returned to Springfield in 2012 and 2013.
The 2007 National High School Rodeo Finals drew 1,500 contestants and 10,000 spectators, said Associated Press. The Springfield Journal-Register, a sponsor of the event, claimed attendance of 50,000, apparently counting visitor days rather than individual visitors.
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