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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Nevada: Cowboy Culture Hang Out with the Best in the West

Cowboy culture is alive and kicking in Las Vegas during the National Finals Rodeo—the World Series or F.A. Cup final of rodeos and the largest event of its kind in the world. Selling to standing-room-only crowds since the ’70s, the NFR attracts some 140,000 people over 10 days (with more than 13 million tuning in on TV) as the top 15 competitors in each of professional rodeo’s seven events (saddle bronc riding, bull riding, bareback riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing) compete for prize money in excess of $4.5 million (£3 million). Meanwhile, clubs and concert halls fill with the best country-and-western performers, and you’ll see big hats and big belt buckles on people four-deep at the blackjack tables.

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