Cowboys enjoy return to Kansas Biggest Rodeo

Cowboys prepare for the first performance on Aug. 3, 2017, at the Kansas Biggest Rodeo (KHGI)

Kansas Biggest Rodeo is back in town for its 88th year, bringing in many of the world's top riders, wrestlers, and ropers.

A raucous atmosphere reminding cowboys and cowgirls what brings them back Phillipsburg every year.

"This is going to be a show that we all just enjoy. Hopefully everybody can come out and it's going to be a good time," said three-time world champion bull rider, Sage Kimzey.

Thursday's high in Kansas also came in with a high of 79 degrees. The average temperature in early August usually hovers around a high of 90, so this was another welcome surprise.

"You don't get a day in Kansas this cool this time of the year anytime," said PBR bull rider Brennon Eldred. "I mean this is great, the livestock love the cool weather, it seems to make them buck a little harder. So that's good, you know, it's always nice when your back there not drenched in sweat."

But a bigger buck can also lend itself to a bigger crash.

"The wear and tear on your bodies pretty tough, but man, I love this sport, there's nothing else I'd rather be doing," said Kimzey.

Watch NTV on Friday for highlights of the first night's performance, plus we see how the defending world champ in bull riding thought his ride went.

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