Rodeo events to include NFR contestants Historical exhibits and documentary screening debut Whiskerino and Mutton Busting return
The Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas will again host the Las Vegas Days Rodeo at its outdoor equestrian center, the CORE Arena, on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12 starting at 6 p.m. (gates open at 5 p.m.).
The event will also feature a free Whiskerino contest, Mutton Busting, a historical exhibition and documentary, and display the winners of a coloring contest for Southern Nevadan children.
Sponsored by the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial and the Plaza Hotel & Casino, the Las Vegas Days rodeo will feature bull riding, barrel racing, team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, breakaway, and bareback riding, with prize purses totaling $40,000 and custom belt buckles for champions.
About half of the horses and bulls competing in the Las Vegas Days Rodeo’s saddle bronc, bareback riding, and bull riding events will return next month to compete in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR).
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The rodeo is fully sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association. Admission is free but RSVP is recommended online.
In conjunction with the rodeo, the Plaza is again sponsoring a children’s coloring contest. Local students in grades kindergarten through six submitted entries, and winning artwork will be featured at the rodeo.
The Whiskerino contest returns to the rodeo this year. Free to enter, the contest offers prizes in multiple categories including Longest Beard, Longest Mustache, Best Natural Beard, Worst Beard, and Most Unique. Participants are encouraged to dress in Western attire or pioneer costumes and must be present at the rodeo to win.
The Las Vegas Day Rodeo will also feature Mutton Busting for future cowboys and cowgirls. The sheep riding competition is open to children ages 4-10 who weigh less than 60 pounds. The winner gets a commemorative buckle.
Committed to showcasing the history of Las Vegas as an element of the rodeo experience, the Plaza will have a “Then & Now” display of photos of downtown Las Vegas along with western-themed exhibits in a tented educational pavilion open to the public near the rodeo ring.
Plaza staff will also be in the pavilion asking trivia questions and giving away prizes for correct answers. And in the Plaza’s showroom on the casino floor, there will be special viewings of the documentary “The City of Las Vegas: The Early Years” which was funded by the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial and focuses on the founding and first 20 years of the community (1905-1920) on Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.