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Rodeo: Days of ’47 seeking jump-start with return to ESA
Rodeo » Days of ’47 organizers hoping crowds will return with move back to SLC.

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Meanwhile, plans for this year’s Days of ’47 Rodeo call for a carnival-like celebration inside and outside EnergySolutions Arena, including a Saturday night concert by popular country and western group Lonestar.

Participants will also notice a difference, Gardner said. About 500 contestants are expected to compete in the five-night rodeo, which starts Friday and runs through July 24 (except Sunday).

At a glance

Rodeos galore

Utah’s three major rodeos being held during the annual Pioneer Days celebration:

Days of ‘47 Rodeo

When » July 19, 20, 22, 23, 24

Where » Energy-Solutions Arena

Time » 6:30 p.m.

Tickets » ESA box office, Smith’s Tix

Fiesta Days Rodeo, Spanish Fork

When » July 20, 22, 23, 24

Where » Utah County Fairgrounds, 475 S. Main

Time » 8 p.m.

Ticket information » 801-804-4666

Ogden Pioneer Days Rodeo

When » July 19, 20, 22, 23, 24

Where » Pioneer Stadium, 668 17th Street

Time » 7:30 p.m.

Tickets » Smith’s Tix, Pioneer Days office, Pioneer Stadium ticket office

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Along with the jump in the number of cowboys and cowgirls who have entered, the purse money has been increased from about $120,000 to almost $200,000, according to rodeo director Dan Shaw.

Unlike recent years, when the Days of ’47 offered roughly the same prize money as neighboring rodeos in Ogden and Spanish Fork, the increased purse should help improve the quality of competition.

In addition, Gardner says the Diamond G. Rodeo Company has promised to supply some of its top stock to the Days of ’47, adding to the quality of the product being offered to the public.

"We’ve gone to great lengths to make this happen," Gardner said. "… We have the Chamber of Commerce behind it. We have Gov. [Gary] Herbert behind it. We’re trying very hard to make this a good show."

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