The National Finals Rodeo begins another 10-day run at the Thomas & Mack Center Thursday.
The top 15 cowboys and cowgirls in seven categories will compete for a share of the $6.25 million in prize money.
For some competitors this is their first time at this rodeo.
"I've dreamed about it since I was old enough to watch TV. The NFR, it really is a dream come true. It has been a life long goal of mine to make it here," team roper Caleb Smidt said.
"They got a lot of money out here, and I want to get my name on a few of those checks, that is the main thing, " bull rider Cole Echles, who is also making his debut at NFR, said.
The general manager of the rodeo says he always knew the event has the potential to be a big draw.