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Bull riders a boon to Las Vegas economy

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Bull riders greet fans at the Thomas & Mack Center on Wednesday. (Brian Jones/Las Vegas News Bureau) Bull riders greet fans at the Thomas & Mack Center on Wednesday. (Brian Jones/Las Vegas News Bureau)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

It's the fastest-growing sport in America. No bull.

The greatest bull riders from around the world have gathered in Las Vegas for the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals.

The year's event is a milestone, the 20th anniversary. The event brings a lot of visitors and money to the Valley. It's estimated to have generated $300 million in non-gaming revenue in 20 years. This year's event is expected to bring $17.9 million.

Competitors and vendors put weeks of preparation into the event.

"Between this rodeo and the next, we'll do about 6,000 pounds of barbecue," one vendor said.

Thirty-five of the world's best bull riders will compete for $1 million.

"The guy that can pretend that he's in a practice pen and go with the flow, that's the guy that'll be the best here this week," said two-time PBR champion Chris Shivers.

"I break the bank because I look at it this way - money comes and goes, you can always make more money, but you got to have fun, and Vegas is the fun capital of the world," one attendee said.

Analysts claim the event is likely a two-cowboy race between Silvano Alves and J.B. Mauney. The million-dollar check will be presented on Sunday.

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