I’ve been living in Las Vegas since 2004 and I have never heard of Helldorado Days until just the other day in my office, so I was extremely surprised to hear that it’s the longest running civic event in the history of Las Vegas.
Helldorado Days this May 12-15, 2011, is an outdoor community event celebrating Las Vegas’ tribute to the wild west and produced by the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge No.1468. Helldorado Days which began in 1935, originally created as a means to encourage tourism to the city upon completion of the Boulder Dam.
With a growing audience of over 15,000 people in attendance, Helldorado Days offers a 4 day pro rodeo, a parade, carnival, treasure hunt for gold, whiskerino contest, golf tournament, poker tournament, art show and auction, trail ride, exhibits and food. For 4 days Downtown Las Vegas is transformed into Helldorado Days as the event takes over several vacant downtown blocks and builds a rodeo arena and carnival from the ground up.
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