Wrangler National Finals Rodeo rides into town. Several related events, including a Christmas Cowboy marketplace and themed cocktails, will make boots and Western shirts the perfect attire on and off the Strip.
Treasure Island known as a home to the two-step, whiskey and a mechanical bull, will offer live broadcasts, and food and drink specials.Gilley’s will also an autograph session with bull riders from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 13.
Roping is the name of the game from Saturday through Dec. 17 at the World Series of Team Roping at the South Point Arena. The richest roping event in the world, it boasts a purse of $11 million. Best of all for rodeo fans, all the action is free.
Average standings: 1. Tim O’Connell, 263.5 points on three head; 2. Jake Vold, 261.5; 3. Richmond Champion, 258; 4. Caleb Bennett, 254; 5. R.C. Landingham 251; 6. Tanner Aus, 248.5. World standings: 1. Tim O’Connell, $264,800; 2. Tanner Aus, $170,138; 3. Jake Vold, $167,372; 4. Richmond Champion, $155,408; 5. Clayton Biglow, $138,153; 6. Orin Larsen, $134,202; 7. J.R. Vezain, $130,081; 8. Caleb Bennett, $129,793; 9. Jake Brown, $119,982; 10. Wyatt Denny, $119,353; 11. Steven Dent, $109,998; 12. Mason Clements, $109,441; 13. Bill Tutor, $106,039; 14. R.C.
Johnson — a native of tiny Sebastopol, Texas — was a horse-riding prison guard before becoming a semi-professional bull rider. He exploded onto the country music scene with a Top 10 hit album in 2014.
National Finals Rodeo is back in town and cowboys and cowgirls are recognizing the 1 October mass shooting with a special wall of messages at the Cowboy Christmas gift show.
In addition, as the world’s best cowboys entered the arena at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Thursday night, one thing was noticeably missing — the number 58 bib on the back of the competitors.
All of them came together ahead of the championship event and decided no one would wear the number to honor the 58 killed in the 1 October shooting.
Nightly free entertainment is also scheduled Thursday through Dec. 16 at MGM Grand, which is billing itself as Home of the Champions. Among the big names staying there is world champion cowboy Trevor Brazile, who has 23 National Finals Rodeo gold buckles.