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Deal would keep high school rodeo in small town

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  • Illinois' state high school rodeo finals will stay in the small town of Altamont for another three years under an agreement expected to be finalized soon.

      Illinois' state high school rodeo finals will stay in the small town of Altamont for another three years under an agreement expected to be finalized soon.
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Associated Press

ALTAMONT -- Illinois' state high school rodeo finals will stay in the small town of Altamont for another three years under an agreement expected to be finalized soon.

The Effingham Daily News reports the Illinois High School Rodeo Association and the local Altamont Rodeo Committee have tentatively agreed to keep the finals in Altamont at the Effingham County Fairgrounds. Altamont is about 90 miles south of Champaign.

IHSRA President Cary Newbolt says Altamont is an ideal place to hold the high school rodeo finals. The event has been held there for 20 years.

The four-day rodeo also brings visitors to the small town. This year, 80 high school rodeo contestants competed for a chance to go to the national finals in Wyoming.

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