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National Finals Rodeo

  • Green Felt Journal

    National Finals Rodeo Is Back—and More Necessary Than Ever

    By David G. Schwartz

    A December fixture since 1985, Las Vegas' rodeo romance is in full bloom.

  • Rodeo

    Country Crooner Corb Lund Is a Sodbustin’ Shakespeare

    By Jarret Keene

    The Canadian cowboy plays MGM Grand's Gold Buckle Zone during the National Finals Rodeo.

  • nightlife

    Where to Boot-Scoot in Las Vegas

    By Ashley Miles

    Check out these beloved country bars, complete with dance floors fit for an old-fashioned honky-tonk.

  • A&E

    Seven Country Acts to Catch During National Finals Rodeo

    By Mark Adams

    NFR brings a wealth of talent and honky-tonk tunes to town.

  • The Week

    National Finals Rodeo Goes Beyond Local Economics

    By David G. Schwartz

    It’s hard not to notice when the National Finals Rodeo is back in town: The whole city, it seems, repurposes itself to cater to rodeo participants and their fans. There’s no denying the economic boost the 10-day event gives Las Vegas during the slowest stretch of the calendar.

  • Ask a Native

    When It Comes to Keeping the Rodeo, Money Talks

    By James P. Reza

    In what came as a surprise to some (especially those Chicken Little news organizations that frantically reported otherwise back in December), the National Finals Rodeo is not leaving Las Vegas.

  • The Rodeo is Back in the Las Vegas Saddle. Yee-Haw, or Naw?

    After threatening to move the National Finals Rodeo to Florida, the cowboys have renegotiated their Las Vegas Events contract and are here to stay, at least for the next 10 years. Of course, the events company has had to significantly up its bid to an annual $16.5 million plus a $10 million contestants’ purse package, […]

  • Ask a Native

    Las Vegas Should Grab Change by the Horns If NFR Leaves

    By James P. Reza

    Like most others who heard the news that NFR may be skipping town for what is being touted as a family-friendly, gaming-free, $4-million-richer rodeo in Florida, I was shocked at first. It's hard to wrap one's head around a Las Vegas without this winter westernization that is so close to our heritage.

  • Green Felt Journal

    NFR’s Departure Would Leave a Big Hole, But Nature Abhors a Vacuum

    By David G. Schwartz

    If the NFR does leave town after next year’s event, it will leave a steer-size gap in Las Vegas’ tourism calendar. More than 45,000 people travel here for the NFR each year; each of those people needs a place to stay, food to eat and something to do while they’re not at the Thomas & Mack Center.

  • The Latest

    KC Jones, Steer No. 4 and the Cowboy Way


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    When steer wrestler KC Jones gets the number of his steer before a rodeo run, he goes to the pen to meet the animal. The steer is about 600 pounds, and in just a little while, the 215-pound Jones will slide off his horse, Bumble Bee, grab the steer by the horns and try to wrestle him to the ground.

  • Green Felt Journal

    Our Annual Cowboy Makeover

    By David G. Schwartz

    It’s hardly a secret that December is, on balance, a slow month for Las Vegas casinos—New Year’s Eve excepted, of course. Historically, casino win totals for December lag behind November and January, and there’s a national slowdown in business and leisure travel during those weeks. So casinos lower their room rates, run specials and do whatever they can to get through the slow period.

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