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Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo expected to lasso in thousands of visitors

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Some cowboys two stepped their way into Atlantic City on Friday to kick off the Third Annual Boardwalk Rodeo.

If line dancing is your kind of thing, then throw on your boots and saddle up for a weekend of country fun. And you don't have travel very far to enjoy it. "How could you say no to Atlantic city!" Unless you're Judy Olsen who traveled to Atlantic City from Nebraska. "It's our first time in Atlantic City and it's beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!"

Olsen will be just one of the thousands who will pack Boardwalk Hall starting on Saturday for the live action rodeo competition.

"We're going to have guys riding bare back horses, and saddled horses, were going to have girls running horses really fast around 3 different turn drum barrels," said Rodeo Clown, Hippie Engelkes.

The rodeo, which has previously been held in April and March, was moved to October, to take advantage of warmer temperatures.

"We want to extend the season throughout the year," said Atlantic City Mayor, Lorenzo Langford. "This event, this rodeo gives us a great opportunity, especially with the great weather we are having. It's 70 and 80 degrees this week."

Officials hope to rope in even more tourists this weekend by offering a second country flair event where visitors can take a bite of the South.

"To go along with the rodeo we brought in the "DOAC Smokin' Hot BBQ Championship" right down the street in front of Showboat in front of Delaware Avenue."

And if you're not yet convinced that the rodeo is for you, the cowboys say otherwise. Big or small, like this mini-horse, they say there is something at the rodeo for everyone looking to lasso up a good time.

Tickets for the Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo are still on sale for events on both Saturday and Sunday. They can be purchased online, or at Boardwalk Hall.

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