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Saddle Up: National Finals Rodeo Fever Hits Vegas

Last updated: December 3, 2010 at 12:50 pm. Posted by in Celebrities, Las Vegas Casinos, Las Vegas Hotels, Las Vegas Restaurants, Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on Saddle Up: National Finals Rodeo Fever Hits Vegas.

It’s that National Finals Rodeo time of the year in Vegas again, and local resorts are finding new ways to “cowboy up” with free entertainment and specials galore.

At Flamingo Las Vegas, Western Underground, fronted by former world champion bareback rider Chris LeDoux will perform free each night through Dec. 7 at 10:30 p.m. This blog loves it some free, so “Ye haw!” Unless that’s offensive, in which case we take it back. (Sort of.)

Western Underground

Catch Western Underground at Flamingo.

From Dec. 8-11 (also at 10:30 p.m.), there will be live musical performances by country star Greg Hanna in the Flamingo Showroom, also free! Hanna is known for his hits like, “Song in My Head,” “Love You for Life,”  and “Singin’ to the Radio.”

The rodeo-inspired fun continues at Harrah’s Las Vegas. The Harrah’s Piano Bar has been transformed into the Jack Daniel’s Saloon (through Dec. 12). Featured are nightly viewings of NFR action, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

At all the bars inside Harrah’s Vegas, guests can purchase Jack Daniel’s drink specials at ridiculously low prices, including: $2 Jack Daniel’s shots, $4 Gentleman Jack shots and $6 Single Barrel shots.

NFR rodeo Vegas

Payback's a...well, you know.

At Carnaval Court, guests who purchase two 24-ounce cans of Coors products (just $6) will a free autograph from NFR cowboys. Rodeo stars will be available for meet-and-greets from noon to 2 p.m. on Dec. 3, 9 and 10.

On Sunday, Dec. 5, Grammy-Award nominated country music singer Jake Owen will perform a free concert at Harrah’s Carnaval Court at 9:30 p.m.

Various events are also slated at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill inside Harrah’s. Through Dec. 11, NFR events will be broadcast live, and there will be free souvenir photo ops, free bull rides and serious drink discounts. NFR cowboys will make appearances for fan meet-and-greets Dec. 5-8, noon to 2:00 p.m.

NFR rodeo Vegas

No, these are not Chippendales guys. They're real cowboys. Thanks to Tom Donoghue for the rodeo pics.

Over at Planet Hollywood, on Dec. 8, Jack Daniels hosts an event where fans can meet Bull Riding Pro Wes Silcox who will sign autographs from 11:00 p.m. to midnight. Drink specials include $3 Coors and Coors Light as well as $3 Crown Royal Black cocktails. (We hear that’s pretty awesome.)

So, slap on some chaps, dust off your Stetson, and sidle up to some rodeo stars during National Finals Rodeo.

Bonus rodeo jargon that also relates to Sin City: A horse that bucks high into the air is called a “high roller.”

Bonus cowboy wisdom this Las Vegas blog most resents: “The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back into your pocket.”

There are a lot more NFR events scheduled, so check them out at a site where actual journalists work.

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