The 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is back in Las Vegas Dec. 5 through 14.
NFR is the season-ending championship event for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and is widely acknowledged to the world's premier rodeo. It has been held at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas since 1985.
13 Action News caught up with 2018’s NFR winner Sage Kimzey at the South Point Hotel and Casino for NFR’s Gold Carpet on Tuesday.
"It is a dream come true to be out here in Las Vegas, competing for another gold buckle, its what every young cowboy dreams of,” says Kimzey.
Events include bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding. The top 15 contestants in each will compete in 10 rounds for 10 days. At the end, there will be 2 champions in each event (4 for team roping).
In addition to the action at T&M, there will a huge shopping experience for cowboy fans, special entertainment at local hotels and casinos, and deals at various bars and restaurants.
Andiamo Steakhouse at the D Las Vegas will be cooking up 100-day, dry-aged Snake River Farms American Wagyu Steaks. The popular Italian eatery will have 200, 36 oz. steaks available, starting at $175. Customers are encouraged to reserve their steak ahead of time by calling Andiamo (702-388-2220) or by reserving online.
BALLY'S LAS VEGAS
Bally’s Las Vegas will show the rodeo live and offer complimentary entertainment as well as autograph signings from riders at Indigo Lounge. For rodeo fans looking to indulge in a robust American meal, BLT Steak offers an acclaimed selection of steaks, fresh seafood, signature warm popovers, creative desserts and more.
At Caesars Palace, Reba, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn will join forces at The Colosseum for their country music residency – REBA, BROOKS & DUNN: Together in Vegas on Dec. 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13 and 14. For a rodeo pre-party, guests can head to Spanish Steps from Thursday, Dec. 5 to Saturday, Dec.7 from noon to 4 p.m. where there will be complimentary live entertainment, drink specials and lasso throwing contests. Spanish Steps will also host a meet ang greet with the Pendleton Whisky Posse on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. where guests can get free swag, take photos with the ladies and learn about the Pendleton brand. To watch the rodeo, Montecristo Cigar Bar is the place to be with a live feed of the action, drink specials, samplings, cigars and more. For those looking for a hearty meal, Old Homestead Steakhouse offers beloved American favorites, while Mesa Grill serves bold Southwestern fare.
The 4th annual Boots on the Boulevard is happening Dec. 6-15. Multi-platinum singer/songwriter Kip Moore will be joined by critically acclaimed country group, Midland, inside The Chelsea on Dec. 14. The resort will transform into the ultimate rodeo destination with additional events taking place at CliQue Bar & Lounge and The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails throughout the weekend.
Cowboy Christmas is happening Dec. 5-14 at the Las Vegas Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The shopping experience will feature more than 300 exhibitors, the Coors Rodeo Saloon, NFR Central with special guests, a special area for hunters and outdoorsmen and women, Wrangler NFR After Dark, the Great Wall of Rodeo, live entertainment and more.
CRAZY HORSE 3
Crazy Horse 3, located at 3525 W. Russell Rd., will encourage guests to saddle up in celebration of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) with ‘Boobs & Bulls’ parties from Dec. 5 through Dec. 14. The award-winning gentlemen’s club will offer a complimentary beer to any guest with a rodeo ticket stub. Crazy Horse 3 will also offer $3 shots of Jack Daniels whiskey and all the rodeo action on massive 70-inch and 100-inch high-definition televisions in the company of gorgeous, barely-dressed cowgirls.
DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS EVENTS CENTER
The Downtown Las Vegas Events Center is offering free watch parties Dec. 5-14. Fans can gather around the watering hole to watch all the rodeo action from the comfort of the venue’s 20,000-square-foot, temperature-controlled tent. The nightly event is free, open to all ages and will run from 6 p.m. to midnight.
To keep the excitement going, fans can expect:
Nightly concerts from Pepie’s One Mand Band
Large viewing screens to catch every second of NFR fun
Delicious food and drink specials
In addition to the evening events, Andiamo Steakhouse at the D Las Vegas will be offering premier 36 oz. dry-aged Snake River Farms American Wagyu steaks in honor of NFR. The luxe Italian eatery will age the cuts in-house for 100 days using a process that amplifies the flavor concentration, palate and tenderness of the meat. Only 200 steaks will be available during the week of the rodeo and guests are highly encouraged to reserve their $175 cuts ahead of time.
Free entertainment inside Marilyn’s Lounge
· Chase & The Pursuit – Dec. 5 & 6 at 9 p.m.
· Ghost Town Riders – Dec. 7-9 at 9 p.m.
· Brett Rigby – Dec. 10-14 at 9 p.m.
FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE
The 33rd annual Downtown Hoedown is happening Dec. 4 at the Fremont Street Experience. Beginning at 4:30 p.m., rodeo fans are invited to saddle up and ride down to the six-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas for the official kick-off party featuring rowdy full-length performances by chart-topping country music sensations Rodney Atkins, Dylan Scott, David Lee Murphy, Filmore, Gabby Barrett and Jackson Michelson.
The 33rd Annual Downtown Hoedown lineup includes:
4:30 p.m. – Jackson Michelson on Main Street Stage
5:40 p.m. – Gabby Barrett on 1st Street Stage
6:35 p.m. – David Lee Murphy on 3rd Street Stage
7:30 p.m. – Filmore on Main Street Stage
8:40 p.m. – Dylan Scott on 1st Street Stage
9:50 p.m. – Rodney Atkins on 3rd Street Stage
Bowling, celebrities, food and fun will once again be part of the Bob Tallman’s Wrangler NFR Charity Bowling Event at10 a.m. on Dec. 7 at the Gold Coast Bowling Center. Now in its 12th year, the tournament will benefit the Las Vegas chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities and the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. Participants can sign up as a team of four or an individual bowler to meet and bowl with rodeo contestants and celebrities. For more information, contact Paulette Anderson at 702.632.8242.
Some of country's biggest stars are performing Dec. 5-13 at Golden Nugget. They include Terri Clark on Dec. 5, Clay Walker on Dec. 6, Charlie Daniels Band on Dec. 8, Ronnie Milsap on Dec. 9, Tracy Lawrence on Dec. 10, Pam Tillis & Lorrie Morgan on Dec. 11, Ray Wylie Hubbard on Dec. 12, and Jamey Johnson on Dec. 13. Each concert will begin at 10 p.m. following the rodeo. Tickets are on sale now with select shows starting at $29, plus taxes and fees. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice. Tickets are available here.
HARD ROCK HOTEL
Country superstars, Old Dominion, kicks off NFR week with two must-see performances on Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 at 9 p.m. at the Hard Rock Hotel. Tickets for Old Dominion start at $29.50 (plus applicable tax and service fees). After incredibly successful performances in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, Gary Allan returns to The Joint for two nights on Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $39.50 (plus applicable tax and service fees). Chart topping singer and songwriter, Cody Johnson performs at The Joint on Dec. 12 at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $30 (plus applicable tax and service fees). Koe Wetzel, a country group with a signature punk rock-meets-hillbilly sound, rocks The Joint on Dec. 13 at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $22 (plus applicable tax and service fees). Tickets can be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino box office or online at www.hardrockhotel.com.
Vinyl at the Hard Rock Hotel will also be offering a full slate of free country entertainment. Awarded “Best Vegas Band” two years running by Las Vegas Weekly, winner of Life is Beautiful 2017 Battle of the Bands, The Rhyolite Sound, will rock Vinyl on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 10 p.m. Sundance Head, 2016 winner of “The Voice,” will be wowing crowds for three nights, Dec. 9, 10 and 11 at 10 p.m.
HARRAH'S LAS VEGAS
Harrah’s Las Vegas will show a live feed of the rodeo at Harrah’s Race & Sports Book and Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill. In addition to showing the rodeo, Toby Keith’s will also provide complimentary live entertainment nightly at 9 p.m., offer Jack Daniels drink specials and host autograph signings from riders. Toby Keith’s will keep the party going with extended hours from Friday, Dec. 6 to Saturday, Dec. 14 for this fun-filled weekend. On Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7 the restaurant will be open from noon to 1 a.m., on Sunday, Dec. 8 the restaurant will be open from 10 a.m. to midnight, on Monday, Dec. 9 and Tuesday, Dec. 10 the restaurant will be open from noon to midnight and on Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14 the restaurant will be open from noon to 1 a.m. The Piano Bar at Harrah’s will also provide complimentary live entertainment nightly and offer Jack Daniels drink specials. Rodeo fans looking for dinner with a view can head to the recently renovated Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse to enjoy a selection of steaks, seafood and more. The steakhouse is also offering an NFR Cowboy Special menu, which includes a shot of Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel or Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey; the guest’s choice of a harvest salad or lobster bisque for the starter; a 16 oz. Kurobuta pork chop for the entrée; an array of entrée compliments and white chocolate bread pudding for dessert.
FANTASY at the Luxor Hotel and Casino will welcome Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) back to Las Vegas with discounted tickets for NFR attendees from Dec. 5 – 14. FANTASY will offer a 50 percent discount on all tickets for guests who show their 2019 NFR tickets upon purchase at any Luxor box office. Following the show, all guests are invited to mix and mingle with the cast of FANTASY at a meet-and-greet, with the opportunity for autographs and photos.
THE TERRY BRADSHAW SHOW is offering discounted tickets for NFR attendees for performances on Dec. 10 and 17. Tickets will be discounted by 50 percent for all guests who present their 2019 NFR tickets upon purchase at the Luxor box office. In the production, Bradshaw entertains the crowd with his dynamic singing ability, endearing personality and charisma in a 70-minute show that chronicles his life’s journey.
Each night country’s brightest stars will headline “Rodeo Vegas” at The Mirage Race & Sports Book where the party never ends. Live music begins at 9 p.m. nightly and admission is complimentary. The lineup is as follows:
Dec. 5: Mitchell Tenpenny
Dec. 6: Easton Corbin
Dec. 7: Casey Donahew Band
Dec. 8: Riley Green
Dec. 9: Casey Donahew Band
Dec. 10: Chancey Williams Band
Dec. 11: Glen Templeton
Dec. 12: Mark Chesnutt
Dec. 13: LANCO
Dec. 14: Chris Lane
Parlor Lounge will provide live music to rodeo fans looking for a more intimate setting. Admission is complimentary with live music beginning at 9:30 p.m. nightly. The artists scheduled to perform are:
Dec. 3, 5 – 7: Brit Stokes
Dec. 12 – 14: Glen Templeton
As part of the Aces of Comedy series, Ron White, best known as the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funnyman from the “Blue Collar Comedy” tour, will perform his hilarious stand-up comedy inside the Terry Fator Theatre Dec. 6 – 7 and Dec. 13 – 14. Performances start at 10 p.m. nightly. Tickets start at $59.99 (not including applicable service charges) and can be purchased at mirage.com, ticketmaster.com, in-person at any MGM Resorts International box office or by calling (800) 963-9634 or (702) 792-7777.
ALL IN BARREL RACE at Orleans Arena
Watch some of the top barrel racing competitors in the country during the action-packed ALL IN BARREL RACE at Orleans Arena, Dec. 6-8 (Race 1), Dec. 10-12 (Race 2) and Dec. 14-16 (Race 3). The 10-day event will welcome contestants from as far away as Canada, Florida and Europe to compete for a guaranteed cash payout of more than $557,000 and over $150,000 in prizes. The event is free and open to the public. Start times for each competition vary and are subject to change.
Free entertainment inside Bourbon Street Lounge during the Buckin’ Bash, 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
· Felice Garcia – Dec. 5-7
· DJ Peter Radd – Dec. 7 & 13 (between live artists’ sets)
· DJ Riano – Dec. 8-11, also performing between live artists’ sets Dec. 5, 6, 12, 14 and 15
· Vanessa LeGrand – Dec. 12-14
Cherry Boom Boom, the rock’n’roll a go-go showcase at OYO Hotel & Casino, is welcoming Wrangler National Finals Rodeo back to Las Vegas with a discounted ticket special from Thursday, Dec. 5 to Saturday, Dec. 14th. Attendees who use the ticket code “CHERRYNFR” when buying their tickets online will be able to purchase tickets for $25 each and receive a complimentary drink. Following the show, guests are invited to meet and take photos with the Cherry Boom Boom cast.
PARIS LAS VEGAS
The rodeo will also be shown live at the Paris Las Vegas Race & Sports Book, The Book at The LINQ Hotel + Experience and Flamingo Las Vegas’ Bird Bar and Garden Bar.
Rodeo and country music fans can also check out Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, where Shania Twain will open her Las Vegas residency - Shania Twain “Let’s Go!” - on Friday, Dec. 6 and continue with performances on Dec. 7, 11, 13, 14 and 18. Plus, the rodeo will be shown live at Extra Lounge along with complimentary live entertainment and autograph signings from riders.
Cabo Wabo Cantina, located inside Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, will celebrate the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) with drink specials and hearty breakfast selections from Thursday, Dec. 5 to Saturday, Dec. 14. Rodeo enthusiasts will wrangle a deal with Cabo Wabo’s beer buckets priced at $23; shot specials starting at $5; and signature cocktails including the spicy El Santo, starring Sammy Hagar’s own Mezquila, freshly crushed jalapenos, orange and pineapple juices and finished with chipotle pepper and agave, priced at $15.
PT’s Gold, located at 10520 S Las Vegas Blvd., is celebrating the annual National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Las Vegas with a special for all the cowboys and cowgirls. From Thursday, Dec. 5 to Saturday, Dec. 15, guests who stop by this PT’s location dressed in their cowboy attire can enjoy a quarter-pound burger, fries and a domestic beer for $8.
Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino will host rodeo viewing parties at iBar featuring drink specials, giveaways, autograph signings and a post-rodeo DJ on the weekends to continue the festivities. Additional drink specials will also be available during iBar’s Cowboy Cocktail Hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily throughout the rodeo. For those looking to satisfy their cowboy-sized appetites, VooDoo Steak will offer a five-course prix-fixe menu featuring the guest’s choice of a 32 oz. tomahawk, 20 oz. bone-in ribeye or a 10 oz. center cut beef filet for the main course. Rio Convention Center will also host the Stetson Country Christmas Show from Thursday, Dec. 5 to Sunday, Dec. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. where shoppers can get gifts needed for their western-style Christmas list. Plus, Red Bull will transform the Masquerade Stage from Thursday Dec. 12 through Saturday, Dec.14 into a Cowboy Lounge featuring DJs, a dance floor, party games, drink specials and more.
The Lil’ Buckaroo Bash takes place nightly at Sam’s Town during Rodeo Week and is free and open to families. Starting at 5:30 p.m. inside the Hawthorne Room, PRCA rodeo announcer Jody Carper will host the event with live music from rodeo music director, Nicky Kimm. A kiddie coral will be available for small children while the older kids can enjoy games such as, “Rodeo Pictionary,” a roping dummy, trivia, charades, “Name That Tune,” musical chairs and more. Rodeo-themed prizes include Boyd Gaming rodeo vests, Gold Coast collector edition gaming chips, Resistol Hats and $50 Boot Barn gift cards. Food is available for purchase and adults 21 and older can sit back and enjoy the full cash bar.
Free entertainment at Roxy’s Saloon
· Randy Anderson Band – Dec. 5-14, at 2 p.m.
· SJ & The Ruckus – Dec. 5-7 at 9:30 p.m.
· DooWah Riders – Dec. 8-14 at 9:30 p.m.
At the Orleans Showroom, a family-friendly viewing party will take place nightly, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Now in its 13th year, the award-winning National Finals Tonight Show will return to The Orleans at 10:30 p.m. each night. Happening inside the Honky Tonk Saloon, the show will feature rodeo highlights, interviews, and question and answer sessions with the world’s leading cowboys and cowgirls.
Admission is free and prizes will be given away nightly. The wrap-up of each day’s NFR events will be hosted by eight-time World Champion and Hall of Fame Cowboy Don Gay; World Champion Tie-Down Roper and all-around cowboy Joe Beaver; and TV host Dan Miller. There will be special appearances by legendary Wrangler NFR rodeo announcer and Boyd Gaming Rodeo Ambassador, Bob Tallman, and many others.
Rump’s Rodeo Party returns for its third year, nightly at 5 p.m. at the Honky Tonk Saloon, located near Bailiwick All American Pub + Eatery. Hosted by 2018 PRCA Barrelman of the Year Justin Rumford, this NFR Viewing Party invites guests to experience the excitement and watch the live feed of the competitions. In addition to a free Wrangler NFR viewing experience, Rump will bring his unique humor and antics along with chances to win prizes.
Each night during Wrangler NFR, following Rump’s Rodeo Party, Justin Rumford two-steps to the Bourbon Street Lounge at The Orleans for the Buckin’ Bash - “Las Vegas’ best rodeo party after dark.” The fun kicks-off at 9 p.m. and Rumford will welcome a different rodeo celebrity for a “Toast of the Night” every evening. The Buckin’ Bash will be complete with live country music, two-step dancing and drink specials. Guests must be 21 years or older and there is no cover charge.
A new exhibit, "John Wayne: Spirit of the West," opens Dec. 6 at the South Point hotel-casino. The 2,000-square-feet of exclusive experiences will immerse guests into John Wayne's professional and personal life to learn more about the movie star, world traveler and family man through never-before-seen memorabilia, iconic film props and other interactive elementats that capture the spirit of the west. There is also a 1,000 square-foot retail space, which is the only phusical store that sells the John Wayne Brand. The exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Dec. 14.
Gilley's Saloon, Dance Hall & Bar-B-Que at Treasure Island will offer live entertainment with a $10 cover charge beginning at 9 p.m. Starting Dec. 5, there will be nightly country rock bans, including: https://www.treasureisland.com/
Scotty Alexander: Dec. 5 and 6 at 10 p.m.
Chancey Williams & the Younger Brothers Band: Dec. 7 and 8 at 10 p.m.
Reckless Kelly: Dec. 9 and 10 at 10:30 p.m.
Kevin Fowler: Dec. 11 and 12 at 10:30 p.m.
Rob Staley Band: Dec. 13 and 14 at 10 p.m.
In addition to live entertainment, Gilley’s will stream all the NFR action live starting at 6:45 p.m. nightly.
Drink specials – Until 10 p.m. daily
Cowboys and cowgirls can drink up with NFR specials at Gilley’s.
$6 shots – Includes Crown Royal, Crown Royal Salted Caramel, Crown Royal Vanilla, Crown Royal Apple, Crown Royal Peach, Absolut & Absolut Grapefruit, Patron Silver and Repo and Captain Morgan Spiced
$6 16 oz. Draft Beer – Choice of Bud Light, Shock Top, Four Peaks Kilt Lifter, Alaskan Amber, Alaskan Icy Bay, Angry Orchard Hard Cider, Dos Equis or Sam Adams Boston Lager
$8 You-Call-It Cocktails – Includes Crown Royal, Crown Royal Salted Caramel, Crown Royal Vanilla, Crown Royal Apple, Crown Royal Peach, Absolut & Absolut Grapefruit, Patron Silver and Repo and Captain Morgan Spiced
$9 Beer and Shot – Includes Crown Royal, Crown Royal Salted Caramel, Crown Royal Vanilla, Crown Royal Apple and Crown Royal Peach with beer choice of Bud Light, Budweiser, Michelob Ultra or Hop Knot IPA
$9 Mules – Choice of Crown Royal and select Crown Royal Flavors, Absolut & Absolut Grapefruit or Patro Silver & Repo with ginger beer
4 for $25 Beer Buckets – Choice of Heineken, Heineken Light, Sam Adams Boston Lager or Angry Orchard Hard Cider
5 for $25 Beer Buckets – Choice of Bud Light, Budweiser, Michelob Ultra or Hop Knot IPA
NFR bull riders will sign autographs at Gilley’s Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Blue-collar comedian Bill Engvall will perform at the Treasure Island Theatre Friday, Dec. 6 at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $59.95. In addition, Chad Prather brings The Star Spangled Banter Comedy Tour back to the Treasure Island Theatre Friday, Dec. 13 at 10 p.m., with tickets starting at only $35.95.
Tickets are available now online and at the TI Box Office by calling 702-894-7722. Taxes and service fees apply.
TREVI ITALIAN RESTAURANT
TREVI Italian Restaurant, located in The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, will celebrate the return of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo’s (NFR) to Las Vegas with deals on Pendleton® Whisky and a specialty 36-ounce ribeye, available Dec. 5 through Dec. 14. The Italian restaurant will fuel up for NFR with Pendleton® Midnight whisky, which offers the palate a full, well-balanced oak paired with hints of coffee cake, nuts, caramelized bananas and candied figs, priced at $10; and Pendleton® 1910 whisky that delivers a medium dry finish with lingering tart cherry, priced at $12. TREVI will also offer a 36-ounce ribeye, ideal for pairing with either whisky.
TROPICANA LAS VEGAS
Tropicana Las Vegas is hosting a varity of daily and nightly events Dec. 1-14.
65th Miss Rodeo America 2020 Pageant (Dec. 1-8, 2019)
Tropicana Las Vegas, Legends in Concert Theater
Pull on your cowboy boots and head to Tropicana Las Vegas for the return of the Miss Rodeo America 2020 Pageant this Dec.. Featuring over 30 contestants, reigning State Rodeo Queens will compete in areas of appearance, horsemanship, and personality for the coveted title of the 65th Miss Rodeo America. The Miss Rodeo America 2020 Pageant allows young women to make lifelong friendships and offers the opportunity to create the most memorable experiences of their lives.
Tailgate Party (Dec. 5-14, 2019, noon to 2 p.m.)
Tropicana Las Vegas, Bullfighters Only Event Tent
Mingle with other WNFR enthusiasts while enjoying music, food, drinks, games, and giveaways at the Tailgate Party prior to the main Bullfighters Only 2019 Las Vegas Championship.
Bullfighters Only 2019 Las Vegas Championship (Dec. 5-14, 2019, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.)
Tropicana Las Vegas, Bullfighters Only Event Tent
The city’s toughest spot during the Rodeo Week can be found under the Bullfighters Only event tent with the Bullfighters Only (BFO) 2019 Las Vegas Championship. The premier league for freestyle bullfighting, BFO returns with talented athletes challenging their skills and abilities against equally athletic and strongest bulls.
Hooey Jam (Dec. 5-14, 2019, 4 to 6 p.m.)
Tropicana Las Vegas, Robert Irvine’s Public House
Following the exhilaration of the BFO 2019 Las Vegas Championship, guests are invited to meet the bullfighters and listen to popular country recording artists while indulging in delicious comfort food at Hooey Jam inside Robert Irvine’s Public House.
WNFR Closed-Circuit Viewing Party (Dec. 5-14, 2019, 6 to 9 p.m.)
Tropicana Las Vegas, Cohiba Ballroom
Join in on the excitement by watching all events broadcasted live daily with a special closed-circuit complimentary viewing party of the 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Guests will have the chance to meet contestants of the 65th Miss Rodeo America 2020 Pageant, including the 2019 Miss Rodeo America, Taylor McNair before she passes down her crown to the new 2020 Miss Rodeo America. During the viewing party, guests can enjoy drink specials, buckets of beer and specialty food items.
Gary Leffew’s Bucking Ball® (Dec. 5-7 and 12-14, 2019, 9 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.)
Tropicana Las Vegas, Cohiba Ballroom
The signature Wrangler National Finals Rodeo after-party, Gary Leffew’s Bucking Ball®, is back by popular demand and will be hosted by former World Champion Bull Rider and rodeo guru, Gary Leffew. Guests are invited to experience live music and a rodeo arena-style dance floor and treat themselves to drink specials and exclusive giveaways, featuring a one of a kind six-string acoustic guitar autographed by multiple country stars. To top off the night, guests will be given the opportunity to attend a special meet and greet with the 65th Miss Rodeo America 2020 Pageant contestants and the 2019 Miss Rodeo America, Taylor McNair.
Rodeo fans looking for transportation to and from the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) will have the option to utilize the complimentary shuttle bus service – the NFR Express – with routes from the Las Vegas Convention Center and NFR official host hotels on the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown to the Thomas & Mack Center.
From Dec. 5 through Dec. 14, shuttle buses will pick up at Cowboy Christmas located at the Las Vegas Convention Center. This one-way route will serve as the Rodeo Express Shuttle and will run from the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall directly to the Thomas & Mack Center.
Also beginning on Dec. 5, the NFR Express will begin complimentary routes to and from the NFR sponsor hotels. There are now fourteen routes, covering 24 hotel properties.
In 2019, all Wrangler NFR performances begin at 6:45 p.m. (PT). NFR Express will begin pick-ups at 5 p.m. (PT) and include return service until 10:30 p.m. (PT). There is no shuttle bus service during the actual rodeo performance.
Rodeo fans are urged to utilize the NFR Express for round-trip transportation. In addition, fans are asked to allow approximately 15 minutes for traffic conditions from each hotel pick-up point.
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