Sunday, January 20, 2008

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Since I have been living overseas for the past 15 years, it has been a very long time since I attended a rodeo. Growing up in Texas, though, I have been to quite a number of rodeos over the years. I remember one, the first really big rodeo I ever attended. I was 6 or 7 years old, and went with my family to the Texas State Prison Rodeo. It was really fun to watch, even though there was a mishap in the bull riding event. I remember being very impressed with the clowns who dared to tease the bulls in order to keep others safe.

One of the biggest rodeos in the whole country is coming up soon. The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is held in Las Vegas, and is quite an event to attend. Sponsored by Wrangler jeans, and hosted by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, it is the rodeo event of the year. (Think "World Series" or "Super Bowl," but in terms of the rodeo world.) I haven't been to this event in Las Vegas. In fact, the last time I went was in Oklahoma City, when the event was out at the old State Fair grounds. But I know it has only gotten bigger and better since then, and that is saying a lot. It was a huge event when I was there, with lots of excitement all round.

Events at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo include all the regulars: bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie down roping, bull riding, and barrel racing. The events at this rodeo are being performed by the best of the best, and so can be very fun to watch. The grace of some riders, and the absolute athleticism of those involved in events like steer wrestling, roping, and bull riding, can be quite surprising if it is your first time to attend a rodeo. And the prize money that is available to contestants can be pretty impressive too. There is really something on the line for participants, so it is fun to watch them compete, and compete hard.

If you plan to be in Las Vegas, you can get National Rodeo Finals tickets and see the best rodeo show in the country. The big event is held in December, at the Thomas and Mack Center. If you have a chance to see it, book your tickets, and be ready to enjoy the grand event!

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