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I’ve been to a lot of rodeos in my lifetime, and I’ve seen many sizes of arenas.

I guess I haven’t seen anything yet. In talking to folks about the West of the Pecos Rodeo, set for next week in Pecos, Texas, the arena is downright huge. Paul Peterson, one of the top pickup men in the business who has worked three times at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, called Buck Jackson Arena a pasture.

Joe Keese, chairman of the rodeo committee, jokingly said it might be bigger than that when he stressed the importance of having a large video board in Pecos for the celebration of the world’s first rodeo.

“Our video board this year is 12 feet-by-17 feet, which is about twice the size of the one we had last year,” Keese said. “It’s a huge deal for us, because our arena is the size of Idaho.”


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