National Finals Rodeo More Necessary Than Ever in Vegas Seven

My latest for Vegas Seven is some thoughts on what NFR returning to Las Vegas means this December:

It might have initially been a marriage of convenience, but over the years Las Vegas and the cowboys (and cowgirls) have struck up a genuine romance. The annual year-end boots and belts makeover has become an anticipated end-of-year rite

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It disrupts campus parking, but it is always great to see the rodeo fans come back to the Thomas and Mack.

National Finals Rodeo Goes Beyond Local Economics | Vegas Seven

It’s really easy for me to notice when NFR is in town because it’s marginally harder for me to park at UNLV. But what does NFR really mean to the rest of the city? I’ve already gone the economic impact route, so this time I started thinking a little less literally:

It’s hard not to notice when the National Finals Rodeo is back in town: The whole city, it seems, repurposes itself to cater to rodeo participants and their fans. There’s no denying the economic boost the 10-day event gives Las Vegas during the slowest stretch of the calendar. But the connection between NFR and Las Vegas is deeper than mere economics: The rodeo speaks to fundamental truths about Las Vegas’ identity as an urban area in the western United States.

via National Finals Rodeo Goes Beyond Local Economics | Vegas Seven.

It’s nice to have the chance to think about what events like NFR really say about Las Vegas. I hope you get something out of the article–I certainly found myself learning as I wrote it.