LAS VEGAS — It’s been six years since the World Educational Congress for Laundering and Drycleaning — the Clean Show — has taken place in Las Vegas.
Clean ’17 takes over the “City of Lights” June 5-8 (Monday-Thursday) for its 40th anniversary.
Once again, the show will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, but this being Vegas, attendees will want to make the most of their time off the trade show floor.
SEE & DO
If Clean Show attendees want to be a bit more active in the evening, or if they have some free time during the day, Vegas boasts fun activities and interesting museums.
Downtown’s famous casino-lined Fremont Street has been converted into a 175,700-square-foot pedestrian area covered by the Viva Vision canopy, the world’s largest graphic display system, says the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). Called the Fremont Street Experience, this canopy showcases spectacular light and sound shows every hour on the hour during the evenings.
Clean Show attendees looking for thrills of a different nature can ride SlotZilla, the world’s most unique zip line attraction, according to the LVCVA, featuring the 850-foot zip line and the 1,750-foot Zoomline, as people launch from a 12-story slot-machine-themed takeoff platform to fly under the Viva Vision canopy.
For more rides, the Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower has four of the world’s highest rides located 100 stories above the ground, according to the LVCVA.
SkyJump is a “controlled free fall” in which participants plummet 855 feet at a speed of up to 40 miles per hour. X-Scream teeters riders over the edge of the tower 900 feet above the ground, 30 feet over the edge of the building, at 33 miles per hour.
Big Shot is a thrill ride that shoots adrenaline seekers 160 feet into the air at 4Gs before letting them free fall back to the launching pad. Insanity is an appropriately named, dizzying, spinning ride that dangles passengers over the edge of the tower before whirling them around at speeds approaching 40 miles per hour.
For a less-heart-pounding ride, the LVCVA recommends the High Roller, the tallest observation wheel in the world at an impressive 550 feet, at The LINQ Promenade. It towers above outdoor dining, entertainment and retail district by Caesars Entertainment and provides spectacular views of the Las Vegas Strip and Valley.
An alternative entertainment option to shows and concerts, rides and, of course, gaming, are the many museums available throughout the city, Riddle notes.
Madame Tussauds Celebrity Wax Museum is located at the Venetian, where attendees can take photos, interact with favorite celebrities and enjoy a 4D short film experience.
Other museums the LVCVA notes include The Neon Museum and The Mob Museum. The Neon Museum exhibits iconic Las Vegas signs and is available through an hour-long guided tour available seven days a week.
The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, better known as The Mob Museum, is dedicated to telling the thrilling story of the downfall of organized crime led by law enforcement. True stories of the mob’s history are brought to life via engaging exhibits, high-tech theater presentations and more than 600 artifacts.
For no-cost entertainment, Clean Show management firm John Riddle & Associates says that show attendees only need to take a stroll down the Strip.
In addition to great people-watching, enjoy the volcano show at the entrance of the Mirage (7 p.m. and 8 p.m.), talking Roman statues and changing lighting at Caesars Forum, a beautiful water show at Bellagio (from 3 p.m. to midnight), a harbor rainstorm at the Miracle Mile Mall and many more street concerts and performances.
Check back Thursday for the conclusion.
HAVE SOME FREE TIME?
So many activities to do.
“If you have a little more time during the day, we have the best hiking trials at Red Rock Mountains on the west side of town,” says Las Vegas dry cleaner Dan Del Rossi, owner of Tiffany Couture Cleaners. “These trials will give the most spectacular views of the city.”
How about driving some of the fastest exotic cars on the road? Then SpeedVegas is where you want to visit, about 10 minutes outside of town, he says.
“Names like Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche and Corvette all await you at the 1.5-mile track, where you could hit speeds up 140 mph.”
Parker Boiler’s Michael Leeming, a frequent visitor to Las Vegas, offers his tips for fun and entertainment: “It is a great view to go up 500 feet inside the Eiffel Tower and watch the water show at the Bellagio from that vantage point across the street.
“If you have kids, Circus Circus and Excalibur have rides and motion simulators. Spend an extra day and rent a boat out at Lake Mead, 30 minutes away, or tour Hoover Dam on the inside, where you see water seeping through the walls in this 80-year-old, 700-foot mega structure.
“In June, the hotel/casino pools will be in full swing, and they rent cabanas, and some resorts like Mandalay Bay have lazy rivers and wave pools,” he adds.