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NILE ProRodeo action returns to Billings, Mont.

To some, October means scary costumes, hot apple cider and slow cooker meals. But, to a professional rodeo cowboy, October marks the beginning of a new year and another chance to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The NILE Pro Rodeo is one of the first qualifying rodeos for the 2015 rodeo season. What does that mean to the fans? Some of the best rodeo action under one roof, October 16-18 in the Rimrock Auto Arena at Metra Park.

Powder River Rodeo of Riverton, Wyoming along with 6-time PBR Stock Contractor of the year, D & H Cattle, will provide some of the rankest stock in the business; many of the same bulls and broncs rodeo fans will see on the Wrangler National Finals stock roster in December. The always entertaining, JJ Harrison, will return to his place in the barrel. And two-time PRCA Announcer of the Year, Wayne Brooks, will be behind the microphone, announcing the action as it unfolds.

As in years past, Thursday night's rodeo performance, presented by Coors and Briggs Distributing, will feature the Cat-Griz Shootout, highlighting the infamous college rivalry between the University of Montana Grizzlies and the Montana State University Bobcats. The two schools' rodeo clubs will compete for scholarship money based on the outcomes of their chosen competitors during the night's performance. Spectators are encouraged to wear school colors in support of their team, and tickets for students start at just $8.

On Friday, Rimrock Auto Arena will become a sea of pink as St. Vincent Healthcare presents "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" night to support breast cancer awareness, with one dollar from every ticket sold going toward the St. Vincent Healthcare Eva Project.

And on Saturday night, the 2014 NILE will close with Wrangler Patriot Night with ticket proceeds benefiting Big Sky Honor Flights. Military personnel will receive a $5 discount on tickets. Each night's performance will kick off at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased at the MetraPark box office, online at metrapark.com or by calling 800-366-8538. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit http://www.TheNile.org. or call the NILE office at 406-256-2495.

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