December 6, 2018
LAS VEGAS -- Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is the season-ending championship event for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and is widely acknowledged to be the world’s premier rodeo. Held annually since 1959 – and since 1985, every December at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas – the Wrangler NFR is ProRodeo’s richest and most prestigious rodeo, and it showcases the very best cowboys, barrel racers and livestock in the world.
Kicking off the week, the annual Gold Carpet event at the South Point Hotel on December 4, 2018. The event was a chance for competitors and their families to take photos with fans and sign autographs.
Also part of NFR week is the 32nd Annual Downtown Hoedown at the Fremont Street Experience on December 5, 2018. The five-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas hosted the official kick-off party featuring full-length performances by some of country music’s most sought-after acts including Chris Janson, Granger Smith, Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin, Collin Raye, Haley & Michaels and Corb Lund.
On Thursday, December 6, 2018, over 16,000 rodeo fans filled the Thomas & Mack in Las Vegas for the first night of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Jim RoseLVCVA News BureauUnited Statesjrose@lvcva.com702-892-0711