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World Gay Rodeo Finals Turns 30

LOGOWEBCOVER2The 2016 World Gay Rodeo Finals (WGRF) celebrates its 30th anniversary in Las Vegas this fall on October 20-23. And once the rodeo is over, you’re invited to stay and celebrate with everyone at PRIDE – two events; one city.

This competition is the spectacular culmination of a season-long series of rodeo competitions held by the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA) across the U.S and Canada. Throughout the season competitors earn points in each IGRA rodeo event in which they participate, the total points going toward qualifying for the annual Finals competition. WGRF showcases the top point-earning cowboys and cowgirls as they come to Las Vegas to compete in this prestigious final championship event.

Athletes participating in the WGRF are considered the best of the best in rodeo competition. The WGRF is being held at the South Point Arena and & Equestrian Center, and its accompanying South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in downtown Las Vegas serves as the host hotel. Fans are welcome to come and stay all day or to come for just a few hours of great entertainment. The point is to come from across the U.S. and Canada to have fun celebrating the best in the country-western lifestyle and keeping it alive and growing.

WGRF events include calf and team roping, barrel racing, flag racing and pole bending and the rough stock events, like bull riding, steer riding, bronc riding and steer wrestling. In addition, there are three special “camp” events that are always crowd favorites. These include steer decorating, goat dressing and the funny, not-to-be-missed wild drag race where a team of three try to get a fully costumed “drag” queen mounted on the back of a bucking steer. If you have never seen the hilarious and unpredictable wild drag race, now is your chance.

Although the first Gay Rodeo was held in Reno, Nevada in 1976, IGRA wasn’t formed until 1985, thanks to the cooperation of rodeo associations in Colorado, Texas, California, Arizona and Oklahoma. From the very beginning, IGRA’s mission has been to raise money annually for local community charities through close collaboration with its member associations. To date, member associations have raised over $2 million for a diverse array of charitable organizations. You can read the full story of IGRA’s first 30 years on their dedicated event website —

You can also use the above website to purchase $5 raffle tickets for a Weekend Getaway at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. The winner gets a three-day/two-night stay in a one-bedroom suite, a $650 value. Also included is dinner for two at the Silverado Steakhouse, a $150 value (or alternate choice of dinner for two in Don Vito’s Italian Restaurant, a $100.00 value, and breakfast/brunch for two in the Garden Buffet, a $50.00 value), during the WGRF weekend. The drawing is being held on August 26.

Tentative Event Schedule

Thursday 10/20


7 p.m. – Western Wear/On Stage]

2nd Runner-Up – Step Downs


1st Runner Up – Step Downs


Friday 10/21

9 a.m. – Interviews (IGRA Royalty Competition)

Noon – Horsemanship (IGRA Royalty Competition)

2-4 p.m. – Contestant Registration

8 p.m. – PRIDE Parade


Saturday 10/22

10 a.m. – Rodeo

1 p.m. – Grand Entry

7 p.m. – Title Holders Step Downs

8 p.m. – Royalty Crowning

9 .p.m – Dance


Sunday 10/23

10 .a.m. – Rodeo

1 p.m. – Grand Entry

8 p.m. – Awards



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