NOV 21, 2012
Three Outstanding Performers Selected by Fans to Sing the Anthem at the Wrangler NFR
Las Vegas, NV
Three Outstanding Performers Selected by Fans to Sing the National Anthem at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
Three winners join list of 10 to perform at the Thomas & Mack Center
LAS VEGAS (November 21, 2012) – After a six-month promotion, three performers have been selected by fans to sing the National Anthem at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
Megan King, representing Rodeo Austin; Terry Nettles, representing the Four States Fair & Rodeo; and Jason Eagle, affiliated with NE Arkansas District Fair and Rodeo, will perform before a capacity crowd at the Thomas & Mack Center.
King grew up in Round Rock, Tex. After graduating from Texas Tech University in 2004, she moved back to Austin and has been an active volunteer at Rodeo Austin for eight years, serving on the Calf Scramble and Mutton Bustin’ committees. She also has had the honor and privilege of singing the National Anthem at more than half of the performances each year.
A mother of two, Nettles resides in Texarkana, Tex. with her husband of 42 years, Johnnie. She is employed by the City of Texarkana at the Bowie County Health Department. She takes great pride in coaching young ladies in Rodeo Queen contests and singing. Nettles first performed in choir and now performs in the local theatre.
A graduate of Cabot High School and the University of Central Arkansas, Eagle attends Grace Community Church in Ward, Ark. where he sings and participates in their special programs. In 2009 Eagle was asked to be part of the staff of Lucky Dog Productions, a barrel racing jackpot organization in Arkansas and surrounding states. With that, Jason has had the opportunity to sing the national anthem at every opening ceremony over the past three years. Through Lucky Dog Productions, he assists veterans through benefit shows.
The Wrangler NFR National Anthem Contest launched on May 1. PRCA-affiliated rodeo committees had the opportunity to nominate one performer for the contest. From there, a judging committee narrowed the list to the top 4 in each respective rodeo committee category (large, medium and small). From Oct. 1 - 31, fans voted on their selection of choice in each category.
The full list of anthem performers include:
Thursday, Dec. 6 – TBA
Friday, Dec. 7 – Megan King
Saturday, Dec. 8 – Susie McEntire
Sunday, Dec. 9 – Jason Eagle
Monday, Dec. 10 – Terry Nettles
Tuesday, Dec. 11 – Karli Chayne
Wednesday, Dec. 12 – U.S. Marine Band
Thursday, Dec. 13 – Bucky Covington
Friday, Dec. 14 – Jack Ingram
Saturday, Dec. 15 – Chris Cagle
The Wrangler NFR, known as the richest and most prestigious rodeo in the world, has sold out 260 consecutive performances and attracts the top 15 contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding as they compete for a share of the $6.125 million purse. Qualification is based on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Standings.
For more information on the Wrangler NFR, please go to www.NFRexperience.com.
About Las Vegas Events
Las Vegas Events is a private, not-for-profit organization that serves as the exclusive major special events agency for the city. Founded in 1982, LVE is funded by hotel room tax. Through its Signature Event initiative, LVE has created a model to integrate all elements of special events and formally improve communication between event producers and Las Vegas’ hotel properties and sponsors. Since 1991, Las Vegas Events has produced, presented or supported more than 600 events.
About the Wrangler NFR
The Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR), considered the world’s premier rodeo, features 10 straight days of the best in rodeo competition, with a total of 120 contestants competing every night in seven events. Each December, the top 15 contestants, based on the 2012 PRCA World Standings, in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing, and bull riding qualify to compete at the Wrangler NFR.