Wrangling the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo – Moseys on Back to Las Vegas
By Jake Conlee
Two months ago, I posted a sad, speculative story that the National Finals Rodeo was leaving, due to disagreements between Las Vegas Events and the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association Board of Directors. However, in a great turn of events for Las Vegas, an agreement based on increased contingency and development within the sport itself; it was decided that The Cowboys would stay in Las Vegas, until at least 2024. Here is a list of reasons why it is good news for the Las Vegas Valley and it’s many residents.
- Filling the Gap: This will continue to bolster the local economy throughout the relatively quiet weeks in Las Vegas following Thanksgiving and preceding Christmas/ New Years
- Generosity: The crowd that Wrangler NFR is historically a pretty generous lot of people who tip well for good service and will buy drinks for those celebrating nearby
- Manners: Cowboys and Cowgirls have great manners, they will always hold open doors and they are notoriously chivalrous.
- Promotions: With the crowds, come the sales, I saw a huge 40-ounce Cowboy Steak dinner with all the ‘fixins for two at Red Square(!) for $79
- Diversity: It may sound silly, associating Cowboys with diversity, but look around, Las Vegas isn’t really synonymous with country and western, but this city is a very desired destination for all fans of the sport.
- Cowboy Christmas: Along with Wrangler NFR at Thomas and Mack and South Point comes Cowboy Christmas, a massive Christmas expo where you can do all of your country-centric or general Christmas shopping, for that matter. It is huge and very worthwhile.
- Family Friendly: The Cowboy culture is something that lives through the generations, it isn’t uncommon to see little-un’s standing at the rail and walking hand in hand through town with their parents.
- Tradition: Ask any American where the National Finals Rodeo is held; even if they aren’t fans of the sport, they all know that it is held in Las Vegas, in December, for the past 30 years, that’s just the way it should be.
- Ideal Location: Las Vegas, or somewhere near a swamp in Central Florida? Come on. Give me a break.
- Memories: Only from a cowboy would you hear great sayings like, “If I had all your money I’d throw mine away.”
Thank you, LVE, and PRCA for coming to your senses and seeing what is really good for the goose is in fact, great, profitable and traditionally good for the proverbial gander.
Jake Conlee is a California native that has been blessed with the gift of restlessness. With an undying fervor and passion for what he does not yet know, life is a constant adventure. Truly fearless in implementation of wandering down less trafficked roads, this has led to many ordinary days turning into a treasure hunt. Emblazoned on his arm, the self photographed sign of this incredible City of Sin. He loves this city so much, a mural of Las Vegas is currently under development on his arms. If you need to know about anything in Las Vegas, if he doesn’t know the answer, he will find out for you. He loves Las Vegas, the good, the bad, but mostly the nostalgic. He’s also a sucker for a good hunk of meat. He is, most of all, a father of two girls, 12-year-old “Vern” and 2-year-old “Chuck”