Cowboy Christmas for the National Finals Rodeo Las Vegas 2016
Las Vegas Convention Center
Sunday, December 4, 2016
The National Finals Rodeo, this extra large event, mammoth in size, shows how important the Las Vegas Convention Center is. I went to all the NFR 2016 venues this weekend: Mandalay Bay, World Market Center, Pavillions, but the two story Las Vegas Convention Center with a stadium erected upstairs for the rodeo events was mammoth. Every venue from hunting, trapping, guns, handmade crafts, Native American jewelry, cowboy hats crafted, handmade boots, belts, leather, the arena was gigantic, more than one could imagine, and I have been to many tradeshows at the convention center, but the Cowboy Christmas showed the nationwide appeal of this market. This show in December made it obvious that the NFR associated with the Las Vegas Convention Center is of supreme importance to economic growth in Las Vegas, Nevada. One great example was weather. Many of the visitors enjoyed the sun. I walked with them from breakfast at Peppermill to dinner at Piero’s Italian Cuisine across the street. I rode in tourists shuttles with the tourists from Mandalay Bay to World Market Center and the Plaza Hotel and Casino. Many wanted to move to Vegas to buy house because of the weather. Back home, their friends saw pictures on social media and called back to tell them that it was snowing back home. Las Vegas was hot, sunny, gorgeous weather. Each individual visitor loved the sun shining down on them as they walk across the street from steak and eggs at Peppermill, where the film Casino was made into a movie, to the entrance of the Cowboy Christmas. Whereas back in South Dakota, Canada and many states across the nation this week was filled with snow, cold, and freezing rain. I am sure businesses will be moving to Las Vegas after events like the NFR.