Ropers Sports News - December Issue - Vegas Baby!!

Vegas Baby
Ropers Sports News - December 2o15
Amy Witt

Photo by somchaij/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by somchaij/iStock / Getty Images

It’s the city some may anticipate and save for all year. The city of sin; lights, gaming, drinking, laughing, and lots of fun. It is also the city that each December every corner is filled with cowboy hats transforming the look and feel of Vegas in a spectacular cowboy kind of way. This city hosts the baddest, coolest, and best cowboys and cowgirls from all over the world... Vegas baby! The National Finals Rodeo where the party town shines bright like the desert sun and by night lights up the sky with neon lights and happy smiles. I have done some research to bring to you some of the top eats, attractions, parties, and shops.

The World Championship Dummy Roping for Kids sponsored by Cactus Saddlery and Twisted X Boots will be held December 10-12th at the Sands Expo Convention in the Priefert Arena. For more info. visit

The Cowboy Christmas Gift Show has relocated to the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The hours of operations are 9am – 4pm. The Cowboy Christmas also showcases the Cowboy FanFest which is a fun fan interactive experience. This year, the RMEF (Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation) will be located in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center at the Cowboy Christmas. This is a Hunter and Outdoor Christmas Expo which will expand 10 days and coincide with the Cowboy Christmas holding the same hours of operation. The Stetson Country Christmas will be held December 3rd-13th at the Sands Expo.

Tough Enough to Wear Pink night will be Monday, December 7th. Don’t forget to show your support for breast cancer awareness by wearing pink on this night. The Tough Enough to Wear Pink booth can be found in the Country Christmas.

Rumor has it, Boot Barn will be displaying approximately 15,000 pairs of boots. The NRS is planned to exhibit at the Marquee Ballroom in the MGM Grand supplying a range of western apparel, tack, and trailers. Shepler’s Western Wear anticipates a huge tent sale in the parking lot of the Sam’s Town location during the rodeo. The newly opened Pinto Ranch, a western wear store, is holding trunk shows during the rodeo. They will be holding fashion shows at various times in the Fashion Show mall.

Options are limitless in price, luxury, and accommodations. The Luxor, Tuscany, Harrah’s, Circus Circus, Gold Coast, Treasure Island, and Excalibur are selling some promotion deals for your stay. Check out sites like, Expedia, and TripAdvisor to find promotional codes and compare hotel pricing and accommodations. Check with your hotel about shuttle schedules which may save you time and money.

If you are looking for some boot scooting, cocktail drinking, mingling fun, the official Wrangler NFR After-Party is held at the Mirage December 3-12th from 6:30pm-4am. This party features some of the biggest country music stars and is free to attend. Some other After-Parties include a Mechanical Bull Competition, Gary Leffew’s Legendary Buck’N Ball, South Point Ram Rodeo Tailgate Party, and many more! Visit for more information. Popular hot spots may include Boot Barn Rodeo Saloon, Stoney’s Rockin’ Country, and the Rodeo Live Stage.

Merle Haggard, Tanya Tucker, Gary Allen, Alabama, and Brooks & Dunn are just a few performing who will be knocking your boots off during the NFR. The Fashion Face Off will be a half time entertainment during the Smarty Dummy Roping Championships located at the Mandalay Bay. It will showcase boutiques/clothing brands with models going head to head on the runway.

Breakfast Ideas:

-         Tiabi – Waffle and Coffee Bar

-         The Egg & I(Rated #2 on

-         Bouchon Bakery

-         Markers & Finders Coffee

Dinner Ideas:

-         Village Seafood Buffet at the Rio

-         Yonaka Modern Japanese (4.5 Stars on Yelp)

-         Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse (Rated #5 on

-         Hofbräuhaus Vegas – German food/experience

Desert Ideas:

-         Crepe Expectations (#1 on TripAdvisor)

-         Nothing Bundt Cake

-         Café Gelato

-         Sprinkles Cupcakes

If you are up for attractions: Bodies, The Beatles Cirque du Soleil, Red Rock Canyon National Conservations, and the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens at Bellagio are some ideas for you and your loved ones.

To make your trip even easier, download these apps: Best of Vegas, TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Amazon Local.

Remember, it is Vegas…dress up, spend some money, boot stomp, and rock the town!