Road closures in downtown Las Vegas are under way, as preparations begin for the upcoming Las Vegas Helldorado Days celebration. Now through May 31, Sixth and Seventh Streets will be closed between Stewart Avenue and Mesquite. Other closures include:
Thursday, May 16, beginning at 3 p.m. – Stewart Avenue from Las Vegas Boulevard to Seventh Street will be closed for the Helldorado Rodeo. The street will reopen at midnight.
Friday, May 17, beginning at 3 p.m. – Stewart Avenue from Las Vegas Boulevard to Seventh Street will be closed for the Helldorado Rodeo. The street will remain closed until Sunday, May 19, at midnight.
Las Vegas Helldorado Days, an annual cowboy-themed outdoor charitable festival celebrating Las Vegas’ tribute to the Wild West, will be held May 16 through 19, and offers a four-day rodeo, parade, carnival, Whiskerino contest, exhibits and food. Held at the Downtown Rodeo Grounds near the Fremont Street Experience, downtown is transformed as the event takes over several vacant downtown blocks and builds an entire rodeo arena and carnival from the ground up.
Created in 1934 and produced by the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge No. 1468, the longest running civic event in the history of Las Vegas has raised more than $4 million, $100,000 in the last two years alone, to assist local children’s and veteran’s charities. The cornerstone of the Helldorado Days event revolves around four days of rodeo action featuring some of the top rodeo athletes in the world, including:
Thursday, May 16 “Kids Day”: The Helldorado Rodeo featuring local talent will begin at 7 p.m. with carnival activities running from 5 p.m. to midnight. Students 10 years old and under receive free admission when accompanied by an adult.
Friday, May 17 “Whiskerino Day”: The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeo begins at 8 p.m. with carnival activities running from 5 p.m. to midnight. The highly anticipated Whiskerino Contest, a beard and facial hair competition begins at 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 18 “Tribute to Military and Veterans”: PRCA rodeo begins at 8 p.m. with carnival activities running from 5 p.m. to midnight. A festive parade with a diverse range of participants will begin at 5 p.m. and run for several hours. The evening will also offer a respectful tribute to military and veterans.
Sunday, May 19 “Cowboys for a Cure- Wear Pink”: PRCA rodeo begins at 4 p.m. with carnival activities and various exhibits and vendors running from 2 p.m. to midnight. The evening will feature Cowboys for a Cure to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Southern Nevada.
Profits from the event’s festivities are donated to local organizations benefitting youth, health and veterans including educational resources, a large dictionary donation event, scholarships, drug awareness, youth activities and veteran health and aide services.
For more information about Las Vegas Helldorado Days visit www.elkshelldorado.com.