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Cowboy Christmas gift show, during NFR, canceled for 2020 due to pandemic

Cowboy Christmas event held during NFR won't take place in Las Vegas this year due to pandemic

The Cowboy Christmas gift show planned for December in Las Vegas will not be held in Las Vegas this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Representatives of Las Vegas Events, the special events coordinator for the rodeo, said Tuesday that the show would be canceled regardless of whether the rodeo occurs in Las Vegas.

The PRCA announced Aug. 19 that it is exploring options for holding the rodeo, which annually has been one of the most successful special events on the Las Vegas calendar.

The Colorado Springs, Colorado-based PRCA said a decision would be reached by Sept. 30 as to whether to have the rodeo in Las Vegas without fans in attendance or search for another venue in another city.

Holding the rodeo without fans would be problematic for Las Vegas Events because ticket sales revenue generates millions of dollars in prize-pool money.

Representatives of Las Vegas Events said if the rodeo is held in another destination, Cowboy Christmas could be hosted there. LVE said it would work closely with the PRCA to determine the feasibility of including Cowboy Christmas in its plan for 2020 by the end of September.

One of the most successful and popular ancillary events of NFR in Las Vegas, Cowboy Christmas has grown into a 440,000-square-foot shopping and interactive experience.

With more than 350 exhibitors from across the United States, Cowboy Christmas caters to the Western lifestyle and includes live entertainment, specialty food and beverage, and Western exhibits.

Cowboy Christmas typically runs concurrently with NFR and has a total attendance of more than 250,000, the release said.

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association announced on Aug. 19 that a final decision would be made on the location of the Wrangler NFR by Sept. 30.

If the Wrangler NFR is held in another destination, Cowboy Christmas could be hosted in that location, Las Vegas Events said.

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