College National Finals Rodeo expected boost Casper and Wyoming economy

(Casper, Wyo.)- The chutes have opened for the bucking broncs, bulls and more at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper. All this week the rodeo continues with more than four hundred qualified cowboys and cowgirls who have earned the right to compete in Casper. This morning during Tuesday's Slack, the Casper Chamber of Commerce hosted Casper College rodeo coach, Tom Parker, and National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association's Commissioner, Roger Walters for an update on the economic boost the rodeo brings to the 307. CC coach Parker reported that eighteen contestants in the CNFR are from Casper College and his student athletes had two goals in mind at the start of the season: 1. Get to the CNFR as individuals. 2. Get to the CNFR as a team. "The problem becomes, once you get here, you are expected to get back. It is always a pleasure for me to be here and a pleasure to my team." Walters commented with his Texas twang, "We have over four hundred contestants this year, and each of contestants bring their parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents and friends to Casper. All season long, the kids across the nation are working towards qualifying, not for the CNFR, but to come to Casper. The eleven regions all say the same thing, they want to come to Casper. It is a monumental statement to say that college rodeo has been branded to Casper." ​He continued, "The CNFR began in Casper in 1999 and has grown every year, this year we anticipate between $3.5 billion to $7 billion in revenues to Casper and to Wyoming. It is truly a privilege to be here with you all and Casper does a tremendous job of promoting us. The first CNFR rodeos in Casper, were a bit rough, well really rough, but now, it's a glide ride. We will bring the rodeo to Casper until 2020, and I don't bring the people or athletes, it is the students. This community is great and always puts their best foot forward towards our athletes." See some photos below of morning barrel racing and bareback riding: ​ #oilcity #news #caspercollege