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Rapid City stock show has 2nd-best attendance year

RAPID CITY (AP) — Organizers say 322,000 people attended this year's Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo in Rapid City, an increase of nearly 5 percent over last year, despite bitter cold temperatures.

The show's attendance record was set in 2012 when 333,000 people passed through the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center during the 10-day event.

Civic Center General Manager Brian Maliske says the stock show and rodeo provides a boost to the local economy in the middle of winter.

Buyers spent about $1.3 million on purebred bulls and heifers this year, up slightly from last year.

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