Thousands come to Las Vegas each year for the chance to watch champions from around the world compete in the annual National Finals Rodeo. In addition, spectators have the chance to do some last minute shopping and enjoy the holiday spirit when the annual Stetson Country Christmas comes to the Sands Expo from December 7th through the 17th. In fact, the unique event is the only Western gift shopping event on the strip, which is additionally open on Sunday, the 17th. For the convenience of anyone attending the NFR, shuttle services will be available to and from the Expo. Admission to the expo is free of charge along with parking.
The show hours at the Sands Expo are from 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. each day. The location will also offer church services each Sunday. More than 300 exhibitors and vendors attend the event, which also attracts NFR cowboys and cowgirls. Carlucci Leather, Earthwalkers and Jewels of the West are some of the numerous vendors offering a wide selection of accessory, clothing, household and Western-related products. The large selection of items ensures that all shoppers are bound to find something they cannot resist.
Daily from 1:00 P.M. to 2:00 P.M., rodeo announcer and PRCA trick roper Anthony Lucia hosts a live show on the Classic Stage in the Sands Expo. Each show features surprise rodeo superstar guests, celebrity country music performers and audience participation events. In recent years, Lucia’s Stetson Country Christmas show featured more than 50 National Finals Rodeo champions. The popular roper regularly interviews NFR guests to get the latest behind the chutes scoops. Musical guests have included Aaron Watson, Cowboy Troy and LoCash.
Youngsters 12 and under have the chance to test their skills during the World Championship Dummy Roping events from December 14 through 16. Budding NFR cowboys and cowgirls compete for the chance to win belts, buckles, hats, ropes and saddles. Parents need merely register their little athletes in advance.
As with all Western events across the country, the Cowboy Lifestyle Network will be on hand to provide updates of all the fun and excitement. The Ak-Chin Indian Community, Earnhardt Auto Centers, and the Papa John’s Road Team will also provide coverage of the National Finals Rodeo and the Stetson Country Christmas 2017.