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NWSS offers family fun and education

Story & Photos by Robyn Scherer, M.Agr. | Ft. Collins, Colo.

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 from January 10-27.

The stock show begins with the annual Kick-Off Parade, held in Downtown Denver on January 10. Then the livestock shows begin on Jan. 12.

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 hor.ses, 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.

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The Gelbvieh and Balancer shows will be held on Jan. 12-14, with the sale on the 13th. Then the Red Angus show starts on the 13th, and runs through the 14th, with the sale held at 4 p.m. on the 13th.

The Limousin and LimFlex shows will be held on Jan. 15-17, with the sale on the 15th. The black Angus shows will start on Jan. 16, and run through Jan. 19.

The Hereford shows will be held starting Jan. 17, and will conclude on Jan. 19. The Charolais and Shorthorn shows will be held from Jan. 19-21.

The Simmental shows will be held from Jan. 20 to 23. The National Western Commercial Heifer Show will be held on Jan. 23 at 9:30 a.m, and the National Western Commercial Heifer Sale will take place on the same day at 2:30 p.m.

The junior market shows will be held throughout the stock show as well. The first market show will be the goats, with showmanship on Jan. 15 and the market show on Jan. 16. Then the lamb show will take place on Jan. 19 with showmanship, and the market show will be held on Jan. 20.

Next, juniors will compete in the junior market hog show, which will take place on Jan. 23. Showmanship will be held the day before on Jan. 22. The final large market livestock show will be the beef show. Showmanship will take place on Jan. 23, and the market show will happen on Jan. 24.

Top placing individuals will earn their way into the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions, which will be held on January 25.

The junior market poultry show will be held on Jan. 21, and showmanship will be held the previous day on Jan. 20.

Other livestock shows include the llama and alpaca show, which will be held on Jan. 13.

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 if 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. 27th 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." ❖