December in Las Vegas, like in the rest of the country brings in ever cooler weather. Average high temperature for Las Vegas in November 58 F, average low temperature 34F, cold, but still above freezing.
It’s Rodeo time in Las Vegas, National Finals Rodeo, That is!
For the 27th time Las Vegas is hosting the National Finals Rideo (NFR). The actual Rodeo takes place at the Thomas & Mack Center, from December 1- 10.
- Bareback Riding
- Steer Wrestling
- Team Roping ( Divided into “Headers” and “Heelers” which as you might expect is defined as follows:
- Headers – Cowboys who rope the steer’s head
- Heelers – Cowboys who rope the steer’s hind feet)
- Saddle Bronc Riding
- Tie-down roping
- Barrel Racing (Women Only)
- Bull Riding (Men Only, as are all the other events, with one exception)
This might be considered a niche sporting event, but that doesn’t mean the event is not popular. The events are largely “sold-out” and ticket prices are not cheap. Someone has to pay for that “special dirt” that is used during the event. There really is a special type of dirt used during NFR, that is stored somewhere on the UNLV campus.
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is sanctioned by The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). The PRCA claims 4 million Loyal Rodeo Fans that evidently prefer soft drinks to beer.
In surveys, 81 percent report that they have had a soft drink in the previous 30 days, 50 percent have had a beer in the previous 30 days and 95 percent have eaten at a fast food restaurant in the previous 30 days. ProRodeo fans come from all walks of life, but as a group, they are demographically similar to NASCAR fans, and are likely to also enjoy hunting, fishing and camping. ProRodeo.com. From PRCA web site.
There is free shuttle service to the event along 14 routes covering 24 hotels.
Cowboy Christmas in Las Vegas
Coinciding with NFR is the Cowboy Christmas Gift show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, through December 10, 10am-5pm daily, free admission. Over 400 exhibitors will fill roughly 300,000 square feet of space. Some of the exhibitors include:
- The Best Hat Store
- Allens Boots
- Art From The Farm
- Awesome Rods
- Boot Barn
- Continental Divide Knives
- Cowboy Free Range Meat
- Cowgirl Glitter
- Loveless Custom Boots and Shoes
- Wrangler, of course.
Country on The Fremont Experience
November 30 kicked-off 12 days of country on Fremont Street. There will be a whole slew of Country Performers during NFR. A list of performers can be found here.
National Finals Rodeo Autograph Sessions
Several Hotels are hosting free autograph sessions with the Rodeo Performers.
- Dec 3 Aria: Saddle Bronc Riders 12pm-2pm
- Dec 5 Golden Nugget: Team Ropers 12pm-2pm
- Dec 6 TI (Treasure Island) Bull Riders 12pm-2pm
- Dec 7 Palms: Steer Wrestlers 12pm-2pm
- Dec 8 Monte Carlo: Bareback Riders 12pm-2pm
- Dec 9 Mirage: Tie Down Ropers 12pm-2pm
Caesars Entertainment Lowers Poker Room Comps
Vegas Chatter posted on December 1 that all Caesars Entertainment, Harrahs, poker rooms have lowered their comp rates. Details, such as they are, can be found here.