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Las Vegas: Saddle up for the National Finals Rodeo

Las Vegas dons its cowboy duds for the National Finals Rodeo, beginning Thursday until Dec. 13

Las Vegas returns to its Wild West roots as the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo gallops into town starting Thursday and continuing through Dec. 13.

The rodeo is one of the biggest events of the year in Las Vegas. Tens of thousands of fans will don their finest hats and boots to cheer on the top-ranked contestants in categories such as barrel racing, bull riding and steer wrestling.

Most of the events take place at the Thomas & Mack Center east of the Strip, but the whole city is gearing up to welcome the cowpokes.

Marketplaces full of western wear and memorabilia will spring up, as will autograph parties, concerts and even special menus at restaurants.

The CBS Sports Network will have live coverage all 10 days. The action will also be shown on big screens scattered throughout various resorts.

National Finals Rodeo, celebrating its 30th year in Las Vegas, will hand out nearly $6.4 million in prize money.

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