Big, bigger, biggest — until, that is, it becomes even bigger.
Those may be the most apt descriptors for the CES convention, the world’s (yes) biggest consumer technology showcase. (Think of it as The Convention That Ate Las Vegas.) Four decades of partnership between the tradeshow and the city have made it one of our longest-lasting relationships, its run far exceeding any hit shows on the Strip.
Following is a primer on the history and highlights of CES (which is not open to the public). Produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), this year’s confab — now in its 53rd year — opens Jan. 7 and continues through Jan. 10.
2020 PYRO-VISION: Take a blazing journey through the facts and fun of Vegas’ New Year’s Eve fireworks spectacle
Officially, it’s America’s Party — our annual jumbo-size/souped-up/extra-energized entertainment extravaganza, this year ushering in that magically-numbered new year of 2020.
And, ’natch, there’s the titanic topper: the massive, midnight Fireworks by Grucci display on the Strip. Join us as we wing it for a fly-by of the upcoming spectacle, aided by Newswire’s interviews with two experts: Tim Keener, LVE’s vice president/event and ticket operations (this is his 19th year coordinating our New Year’s Eve show); and the fire maestro himself, Phil Grucci, CEO/creative director of the generational family biz, Fireworks by Grucci and its manufacturing branch, Pyrotechnique by Grucci.
RIDE ’EM VEGAS: National Finals Rodeo gallops back to town. Here’s a primer on the cowboy cornucopia that lassoes Las Vegas
Ropin’, ridin’ and line-dancin’ … wait, do bulls line-dance?
We’d love to see that, though they’ll likely save their fancier footwork for grittier activities — say, wrasslin’ with cowpokes — inside the Thomas & Mack Center during the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (aka NFR), a Las Vegas staple stampeding back to our city for its annual 10-day hoedown, Dec. 5-14.
Galloping along concurrently with the competitions, the popular and interactive gift/activities/exhibits show Cowboy Christmas takes over the Las Vegas Convention Center’s South Hall from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily — and it’s free! (This year’s show includes the Junior World Finals, hosting more than 850 youth contestants.)
Following are fast facts, figures and stray historical tidbits on NFR.