COWGIRL TAKEOVER: 30 VEGAS VICKIE LOOKALIKES COMPETE IN CIRCA’S $10K HALLOWEEN COSTUME CONTEST
Mistianna Lund’s Vegas Vickie Interpretation Wins First Ever “Neon Idol” Contest
Lund to Donate Winnings to Local Non-Profit, Answer4Cancer
On Halloween, 30 Vegas Vickie™ lookalikes swarmed Circa Resort & Casino in downtown Las Vegas for its first ever “Neon Idol” costume contest. A panel of judges determined that contestant #103, Mistianna Lund, created the best interpretation of the iconic kicking cowgirl neon sign, taking home a coveted $10,000 prize.
Credit: Fred Morledge
A local Las Vegan, Lund’s winning costume featured more than 3,000 jewels and took 115 hours to make. She also shared that she will be donating her winnings to her new non-profit, Answers4Cancer, where she serves as president. The organization provides individuals battling cancer funds for holistic services, such as chiropractic, massage, acupuncture services and more, at zero cost to the patient.
“This contest was a surreal experience that I’ll never forget,” said Lund. “It’s an honor and I’m so blessed and grateful. This was a creative and fun way to raise money for Answers4Cancer, and this check from Circa will help us in our mission to help as many cancer patients in Clark County as we can. It’s an honor to be named your 2021 Vegas Vickie!”
The judging panel consisted of an array of beloved local personalities, including:
- “Horny” Mike Henry of “Counting Cars” on The History Channel
- Entertainment columnist John “Kats” Katsilometes of Las Vegas Review-Journal
- Hosts of the Vegas Revealed podcast, Dayna Roselli and Sean McCallister
- Vital Vegas founder Scott Roeben
- Wes VanDyke of YESCO, the company that oversaw Vegas Vickie’s recent refurbishment
Vegas Vickie has been a staple in the downtown Las Vegas scene since she made her first appearance on the Fremont Street Experience in 1980. Circa’s owners, Derek and Greg Stevens, acquired the sign in 2016, later restoring her and placing her as a centerpiece to Circa’s lobby. She can now be seen kicking her mechanical boot to welcome visitors to her namesake cocktail lounge, Vegas Vickie’s.
About Circa Resort & Casino
Circa Resort & Casino is an all-new integrated resort concept in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. The city’s first adults-only casino-resort, the AAA Four Diamond Circa pays homage to Vegas’ Golden Era through vintage design, old-school hospitality and nods to the city’s history while introducing high-tech advancements and innovative amenities. The resort features 777 upscale rooms and suites; the world’s largest sportsbook; Stadium Swim, a year-round pool aqua theater; a two-story casino; Garage Mahal, a high-tech transportation hub; the luxe Legacy Club rooftop lounge; an expansive local art collection and more. Guests can indulge at original restaurant concepts including premium steaks and seafood at Barry’s Downtown Prime from Chef Barry S. Dakake and Make It Happen Hospitality; Pan-Asian fare at 8 East from Chef Dan Coughlin; deli classics at Saginaw’s Delicatessen from restaurateur Paul Saginaw; authentic Carolina barbecue at Project BBQ; and all-star menus at Victory Burger & Wings Co. from the founding family of American Coney Island. Visit circalasvegas.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @circalasvegas to stay up to date.