The Las Vegas Days Rodeo will feature saddle bronc, breakaway and bareback riding as well as bull riding, barrel racing, team roping, tie-down roping and steer wrestling. Photo Credit: McFarland Productions
The Plaza Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas will again host the Las Vegas Days Rodeo at its outdoor equestrian center on Nov. 11 and 12.
The rodeo, sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, will feature bull riding, barrel racing, team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, breakaway and bareback riding.
Prize purses total $40,000, and champions will receive custom belt buckles.
The event will also feature a free Whiskerino whisker-growing contest, with prizes in multiple categories including longest beard, longest mustache, best natural beard, worst beard and most unique. Whiskerino participants are encouraged to dress in Western attire or early-1900s period costumes. Registration is open until Oct. 28 on the Plaza’s website. Participants must be present at the rodeo to win.
The Las Vegas Days Rodeo will also feature mutton busting for future cowboys and cowgirls. The sheep riding competition is open to children ages 4 to 10 who weigh less than 60 pounds. The winner gets a commemorative buckle. Registration is online.
The Plaza will also have a “Then & Now” display of downtown photos and Western-themed exhibits in a tented educational pavilion. Viewings of the documentary “The City of Las Vegas: The Early Years” will take place in the Plaza’s showroom from noon to 6 p.m. on the days of the rodeo.
The rodeo starts at 6 p.m. (gates open at 5 p.m.) both nights. Admission is free, but RSVP is recommended online.