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KCLV - City Scene
Recently, Esther Carter with the City of Las Vegas (and Helldorado's Parade Director) sat down with KCLV-TV, local channel 2, to talk about the upcoming 2014 Las Vegas Elks Helldorado Days. Reporter Chris Saldana goes in-depth to learn more about the exciting new developments of the event's 80th anniversary event as the great state of Nevada celebrates its 150th!
Beasley Radio PSA
Helldorado parade director, Esther Carter and Helldorado rodeo executive producer, Lee Butts recently recorded a recurring PSA for the public affairs programs on the Beasley Broadcast network. An in-depth interview also aired on March 16th on the follow stations and times:
KVGS 107.9 FM 6:00 AM
KOAS 105.7 FM 6:30AM
KKLZ 96.3 FM 6:30AM
KDWN AM 720 11:00 PM
KCYE 102.7 FM 11:30 PM
KCYE HD2 at 11:30PM
Recording of the PSA and interview provided by the Beasley Broadcast Group.
Nevadan At work
Twenty-plus year rodeo veteran and new Helldorado Rodeo executive director, Lee Butts, gets personal with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and discusses some new developments for the 2014 event. Butts shares his personal background and experience, some historical perspective and pioneers new territory for Las Vegas' longest running civic event.
Picture and article courtesy of Las Vegas Review-Journal - March 16, 2014.
Helldorado Days Still Going Strong
The city of Las Vegas has only been around since 1905.
When set against that framework, the Las Vegas Elks Helldorado Days seems downright remarkable.
Helldorado's most prominent characteristic, in fact, is "probably the fact that it's been around since the 1930s," said Esther Carter, parade producer and rodeo co-producer. "That's huge - for any city to have an event that long."
10 things I Learned at Helldorado Days
- There’s nothing like a parade to remind you how much of a small town Las Vegas really is. High school marching bands, banner-carrying community organizations, dancing groups, Shriners piloting mini-flivvers down the street … if the parade route didn’t cross Fremont Street, you might not know you’re in Vegas.
- A group of tough guys on Harleys wearing matching leather vests can be imposing. When they’re passing out candy, not so much.
Western Heritage Shines at Helldorado
Residents prepare to saddle up and take part in one of the longest traditions in the valley this weekend.
Helldorado Days, which dates to 1934, features a parade, rodeo and various other activities slated for Thursday to Sunday downtown. It's a festival rooted in Western heritage and tradition, from the opening rodeo night to the evening parade.
Duane LaDuke, Helldorado Days executive director, said the event holds something special for everyone, from military personnel to children.
"I'm pleased we're able to bring (Helldorado Days) back, especially for children now," LaDuke said. "I grew up with it, and it was always a lot of fun for me."
From the Blog
Be a Part of Our 80-Year Tradition in Nevada's 150th Anniversary!
The Las Vegas Elks 2014 Helldorado Days is an "Official Event" in the Nevada Sesquicentennial Celebration.
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS!
Helldorado Days began in 1934 and is the longest running civic event in the history of Las Vegas. With a growing audiences, Helldorado Days is now a five-day event offering an opening night locals rodeo, three days of PRCA professional rodeo, a new day of Fiesta Del Charro, a parade, carnival, Whiskerino Contest, golf tournament, art show and auction, exhibits and food. In a prime new location behind the acclaimed Smith Center, downtown is transformed into Helldorado Days. Helldorado Days is a non-profit community event, managed by one paid staff member and hundreds of volunteers which has enabled the Elks Lodge No. 1468 to give back more than $4 million to the community. Become a volunteer!Read More