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January 7, 2013
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NWSS offers family fun and education

Reminiscent of the Old West, the National Western Stock Show is an event that anyone can attend and find something fun to do, and educational opportunities to be had. The Stock Show kicks off its 107th year this year, and will be held in Denver, Colo., from January 12-27th.

The NWSS is a premier place for producers of many livestock species to exhibit their animals to a judge, and to the general public. The events that take place over the 16 days of the stock show range from cattle shows to youth showmanship, market classes and draft horse competitions.

The NWSS hosts one of the largest cattle shows in the country, where producers can take their animals and compete as individuals, in pens of three, or in a carload, which is a set of 10.

According to the NWSS, “More than 15,000 head of horses, cattle, sheep, swine, goats, llamas, alpacas, bison, yak, poultry and rabbits step foot on the grounds of the National Western Stock Show each year. The National Western Stock Show is noted for hosting the world’s only carload and pen cattle show, held in the historic Denver Union Stockyards.”

The shows allow producers to showcase their genetic programs, and for students to show their market animals. Over the show, 25 different breeds of cattle will compete, including Gelbvieh, Red Angus, Black Angus, Limousin, Hereford, Charolais, Shorthorn, and Simmental cattle, just to name a few.

The junior market shows will also be held throughout the stock show, and youth will exhibit goats, lambs, hogs and cattle. Top placing individuals will earn their way into the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions, which will be held on January 25.

Over the course of the stock show, a variety of rodeos will also be held. The CenturyLink’s Team Colorado Rodeo Colorado vs. Cinch’s World Team Rodeo will take place three times on Jan. 12, with the finals being held at 8 p.m. in the Denver Coliseum.

The Mexican Rodeo will host two performances on Jan. 13, and on Jan.14-16, the PBR will come to town for the Denver Chute-Out PBR Touring Pro Finale.

On Jan. 21, the Martin Luther King Jr. African American Heritage Rodeo of Champions will take place at 6 p.m.

From Jan. 17-27, 19 PRCA rodeos will be held, with the finals taking place on Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. in the Denver Coliseum. All of the rodeos have an addition feature, such as the Miss Rodeo Colorado coronation on Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.,

Other entertainment events will also be held throughout the show. On Jan. 13, the RAM Freestyle Reining will take place in the events center at 4 p.m. On Jan. 18, the Gambler’s Choice Open Jumper stakes will be held at 7:30 p.m. On Jan. 19 and 20, the NWSS Wild West Show will take place, and on Jan. 21 and 22, 9 News Super Dogs will take the stage. On Jan. 23 and 24, an Evening with Dancing Horses will be held in the events center.

The stockshow is offering free parking this year with a ticket purchase as well. “We are excited to announce you will no longer pay to park when you enter a NWSS parking lot. We realize stock show and rodeo fans have many things to spend their money on, so this year, it will not be on parking at the National Western Stock Show” said President and CEO, Paul Andrews.

He continued, “We want fans and guests to receive the best value for their money so we will also offer a Value Snack Pack which will include a soda and snack for only $5.”

The National Western will say “thank you” to fans this year with Fan Appreciation Day, Jan. 27 when Grounds Admission tickets are just $8.

Throughout the entire show, vendors will be available for attendees to visit and purchase from. School tours will also be taking place during the show, where schoolchildren can learn about agriculture.

The stock show offers a wide variety of events for people of all ages, and is a great family activity. The NWSS is held in Denver, Colo. at the NWSS complex near I-25 and I-70.

This year marks the 107th year of the NWSS. According to the NWSS, “National Western Stock Show is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides college and graduate level scholarships in agriculture and medicine for practice in rural areas. It is also our mission to serve producers and consumers throughout the world by being the premier Stock Show, Rodeo, Horse Show and center for year-round events. The 16 day show also serves as an entertainment arena, hosting one of the world’s richest regular season professional rodeos, largest horse show and Colorado’s largest tradeshow.” ❖

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