2014 General Tire Miss Mint 400 Competition

Think you have what it takes to join the ranks of “Wheel of Fortune’s,” Vanna White and “Wonder Woman’s” Lynda Carter? Then enter the 2014 General Tire Miss Mint 400 competition, presented by Metro Honda, for your chance to win a three-night stay in Las Vegas at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino, and a prize package worth hundreds of dollars. Or, take home the Grand Prize: the Miss Mint Crown, $5,000, a professional photo shoot, a Race-Dezert.com feature, and a brand new 2014 Honda vehicle for a year!*

Miss Mint 400 2014

The 2014 Miss Mint 400 competition will be the biggest ever held! Contestants simply upload three photos and create a public profile on www.themint400.com/missmint, then encourage their friends and fans to “like” their page. Judges will review all entries, and pick nine Finalists. The lucky lady with the most “likes,” will automatically become the tenth Finalist. All ten Finalists will travel to Las Vegas and receive a gift bag of prizes, and a free three-night hotel stay at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino.

Historic Mint 400 race director and “Miss Mint 400” contest founder, KJ Howe, will lead the esteemed panel of expert judges in choosing the woman who best represents the spirit of The Mint 400. K.J. created “The Girls of the Mint 400,″ in 1972 to add glamor and PR value to the race. The 2014 General Tire Miss Mint Crowning Ceremony, presented by Metro Honda, will take place on Thursday, March 13th, at 6pm, on historic Fremont Street East and 6th Street. All of the Finalists will hold the title of being a “Mint 400 Girl,” but only one can wear the crown!

Famous Miss Mint 400 women include Tracy Vaccaro, Vickie Reigle, Lisa Soulé, Anita Merritt, Angela Aames, Lisa Hunter, Suzanne Regard, and of course Vanna White and Lynda Carter, who all went on to appear in various movies and television series – as well as Mint Hotel and Casino advertising campaigns.

Taylor Cox Miss Mint 2013
Taylor Cox – Miss Mint 2013

The 2013 Miss Mint 400 winner, Taylor Cox, had this to say about being crowned 2013 Miss Mint: “It was an honor to be in the company of women like Vanna White and Lynda Carter, and I was blown away by the scale of the race, and how many people were at the Mint. This year has been a blast and I’ve seen a huge surge in my popularity online. I’m very grateful to The Martelli Brothers and The Mint 400 for their support.”

*This year’s contest is open to women 18-years-of-age and older who are legal residents of the United States. Contest void where prohibited. See official rules for all details of the 2014 General Tire Miss Mint Competition presented by Metro Honda. The contest runs through February 21st, 2014. To participate, entrants should visit www.themint400.com/missmint for entry forms, rules and details.



Dom Irrera
Dom Irrera

When Dom Irrera takes the stage, he does not simply get on it–he owns it! Irrera will be appearing at the Laugh Factory inside the Tropicana Hotel & Casino, opening Monday, Feb. 10 through Sunday, Feb. 16. Appearing with Irrera, will be Shayma Tash, and hosting the 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. shows, will be Jeremiah Watkins. Dom projects a charisma that firmly engages audiences from the moment he steps out on the stage! His first big break was in, Rodney Dangerfield’s, “Nothing Goes Right,” comedy special for HBO. Irrera’s own, “One Night Stand,” on HBO, earned him his first of several Cable ACE Awards for, “Best Stand-up Comedy Special.” He has appeared on: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The View,” and several times on “Oprah.” Irrera also guest starred on episodes of “Seinfeld,” “Becker,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “King of Queens.” Film credits include a featured role in Robert Townsend’s, “Hollywood Shuffle,” a cameo in the Coen Brothers film, “The Big Lebowski,” and “The 4th Tenor,” starring his old pal Rodney Dangerfield. 


Ms. Tash headlines comedy clubs across the United States, and she has performed for America’s troops in more than 15 tours including, Afghanistan, Korea, and Japan. Tash has guested on “Chelsea Lately,” MTV’s “Punk’d,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “The Best Damn Sports Show Period,” and has appeared more than a dozen times as a commentator for the E! Network. Watkins is a blend of high-energy physical comedy, impressions, and unforgettable bits that you can’t help but tell your friends about, and you’re guaranteed a memorable experience when you see him live. Watkins can be seen starring in the upcoming film, “I-Lived,” and his comedic dance skills have been featured on VH1.  Tickets range in price from $34.95 to $44.95, plus fees. For reservations call 1-800-829-9034.


Doug Aldrich
Doug Aldrich

Raiding the Rock Vault – “Classic Rock by Those Who Rocked It” – made its triumphant return to LVH – LAS VEGAS HOTEL & CASINO, Friday, Jan. 24, with a new lineup and songs. This amazing concert experience brings the history of rock ‘n’ roll to life with an all-star super group of musicians, the likes of which cannot be seen anywhere else in Las Vegas, playing rock’s greatest hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. “We’ve received a tremendous outpouring of support and feedback from our fans,” creator, director and producer John Payne said. “With that, we’ve been able to refresh the show’s lineup and content to deliver an unparalleled music experience.” Raiding the Rock Vault, has signed hard rock guitarist, Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), as well as two female vocalists, who will trade off: Carol-Lyn Liddle and Stephanie Calvert (Starship).


Songs that have been added to the hit show include, “Dreams” (Fleetwood Mac), “Heartbreaker” (Pat Benatar), “Alone” (Heart), “Dream On” (Aerosmith), “Highway to Hell” and “Thunderstruck” (AC/DC). The show’s returning all-star lineup includes Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, Howard Leese [Guitar] (Heart), Robin McAuley [Lead Vocals] (MSG, Survivor), John Payne [Lead Vocals and Bass] (Asia), Paul Shortino [Lead Vocals] (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), Jay Schellen [Drums] (Badfinger, Asia), Andrew Freeman [Lead Vocals and Guitars] (Lynch Mob, The Offspring), and Michael T. Ross [Keyboards] (Lita Ford, Hardline).


The show features classic anthems from The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Free, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Queen, Boston, Kansas, U2, Aerosmith, Van Halen, AC/DC, Pat Benatar, Foreigner, Heart, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Supertramp, and many more. Performances are, Friday through Tuesday (schedule subject to change) at 8 p.m. in the LVH Theater. A special Rock Star Package is available for $140 (which includes seats in the first five rows, a T-shirt, concert program, CD, meet and greet, and a VIP pass).  A special 2-for-1 locals discount will be available for a short time (must present valid Nevada ID), and there is a dinner/show packages at the world-famous Benihana, or Vince Neil’s Tatuado Restaurant & Cantina in the LVH. Tickets range from $49 to $80, plus taxes and fees, and can be purchased by visiting the LVH box office, or by logging onto thelvh.com, vegas.com, or ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 702-732-5755 or 1-800-222-5361.


After a well-received opening on the Las Vegas Strip in December, “The Phat Pack Show,” has announced that the show is going dark for an uncertain amount of time.  “Our collaboration with EMI Entertainment did not work out as we had hoped, and it is our understanding that EMI is no longer part of the Windows Showroom at Bally’s,” says Bruce Ewing.  “We are currently in discussions with the other producers who are working in that room to bring show back within the next few months,” Bruce Ewing, representative and singer in the production, said. “If that doesn’t work out, we will be open to looking for a new venue, or even hope to present our show around town in weekly engagements.”  

“The Phat Pack” opened at the Plaza Hotel (Downtown Las Vegas) in late November 2012, to amazing reviews, and received standing ovations nightly.  It was named LV Review Journal Editor’s Pick for “Best Of Las Vegas 2013 – Best All Around Performers”  After closing at the Plaza almost a year later, the show was picked up by EMI Entertainment, and moved to the Bally’s Windows Showroom in December 2013.  Again, it opened to amazing reviews, and an even better audience response than the earlier venue.  The only reason the show is going dark is because of the management changeover. 


On Sunday, February 23rd, 2014, a benefit will be held just off the Las Vegas Strip for, Roos-N-More Zoo of Moapa Valley.  It will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at “DBS Pong & Pool Hall, l” inside the Harmon entrance to the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. The restaurant is owned by the same group who own Blondies Sports Bar, and they are donating space and labor to host the event. There will be entertainment from local and Strip performers, and it will be emceed by magician Chris “Scandal” Randall, who appears at the Tropicana, the Sapphire Comedy Club, and the Magic Castle.  There will also be face painting, photos, drawings, silent auctions, private tables, and anything else that will help raise the $150,000, necessary to build the facilities for visitors to the zoo. Although the more than 300 exotic animals, are well-taken care of, the facility needs to re-do the septic system, and install more bathrooms for visitors.

The Moapa Valley Zoo is a hands-on experience, and caters to families in all manners animal: petting, holding, feeding, and caring for animals, are all part of the guest experience. Should the money for the facilities not be able to be raised, the animals will have to be auctioned off, and the time-frame on this project is short.


Well, gang, that’s about it for this week.

I’m outa here!

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