Updated September 6, 2023 - 2:40 pm
It’s not all fancy fountains and fake Eiffel Towers on the Strip.
An actual, agriculturally tested tractor is being introduced to the Las Vegas nightlife scene. This is a 1947 Farmall H, weighing in at 4,500 pounds and the signature effect at Blake Shelton’s Ole Red Las Vegas.
The four-story club at Horseshoe Las Vegas’ Grand Bazaar Shops opens just after January. The tractor will hang upside-down about 50 feet above the crowd. It is certain to be a conversation piece, and social-media photo target, at the 686-seat music club.
We’ve already suggested fastening mirrors to the piece of farm equipment. Add some bling to the property (as Bally’s) where “Jubilee” was staged, and where Dita Von Teese is opening a burlesque show in October.
Austin General Contracting Superintendent Mike Masterpole, heading up the project’s construction crew, suggested hanging a disco ball from the steering wheel.
“Some fuzzy dice, too,” he said. “Vegas it up a little.” Masterpole’s crew also hauled in the Airstream trailer at The Still at The Mirage. But this is their first tractor hang.
This is the fourth Farmall to grace a Shelton club, joining Nashville and Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Orlando, Florida.
Ole Red is set up to showcase emerging country artists nightly on the Strip. The country artist has ordered a Las Vegas-party inspired food and drink menu, featuring Southern cuisine and drinks with hard liquor. The club is to cover 27,000 square feet, the largest Ole Red in the country.
Ole Red’s 4,500-square-foot, rooftop platform offers a clear view of the Strip.
“If you’re going to come to Vegas, you’re not going to have to just go big, you’ve got to go huge,” Shelton said in an interview in January. “And I feel like that’s what we’re doing with this location.”
The owners of the Farmall tractor will attend Ole Red’s grand opening, where (we expect) the crowd will get plowed.
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