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And they call the thing rodeo…
It appears the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR or NFR) may be leaving Las Vegas after 30 years and head to Osceola, FL. Multiple news reports discuss the possibility:
The NFR moved from Oklahoma City nearly 30 years ago to Las Vegas and many people thought it would never work. Now it might move to Florida and, again, many people think it won’t work. Florida is offering four million dollars more than the current Vegas contract. That extra four million means more money for the contestants, which is where it should go. It is estimated Vegas reaps about ninety million dollars over the ten-day event that draws between 150,000-200,000 people to the city. It’s no wonder Florida is making a serious run to be the future host.
Personally, I’ve never attended the NFR in Vegas because I’m leery of the underbelly of Vegas – organized crime, prostitution, gambling addiction, etc. I once turned down a good job offer because it would have required me to be in Vegas for a couple of weeks every year. Vegas can try all it wants to paint itself as “family friendly,” but even its motto and commercials of “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” contradicts that effort. It’s just a personal thing to not want to be there. I understand plenty of people enjoy Vegas and don’t see a downside to the city.
The thing is, I write for several magazines that would love to have stories and photos from the NFR, but I could never bring myself to go. If it does move out of Vegas, there’s a good chance I’ll finally attend and get those stories and photos their way!
Have a great day and don’t let your horse come home without ya!
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