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Stock Show Attendance Better than Expected

Tony Bruguiere

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The 103rd edition of the National Western Stock Show is in the books and the balmy un-Stock Show weather helped to offset any negative effects of the down economy. Over the National Western’s 16-day run, filled with livestock shows, horse shows, professional rodeos and more, a total of 643,100 spectators visited the National Western Complex. The attendance was down just 4.51 percent from a record setting 2008 show.

The National Western hosts 42 ticketed performances in the Stadium Arena, Denver Coliseum and National Western Events Center. Among these were two Mexican Rodeo Extravaganzas, three Professional Bull Riders, 23 ProRodeos, the Martin Luther King, Jr. African-American Heritage Rodeo, the Gambler’s Choice Open Jumping Stake, two Wild West Shows, the Dodge Freestyle Reining, the Grand Prix show jumping, two SuperDogs shows, two performances of the Dancing Horses and four National Western Draft Horse and Mule Shows.

In addition to the ticketed events, the 100 acre show grounds was packed with things for the whole family to see and do that were included in the general admission ticket. Out in the Yards you can experience the last outdoor pen and carload show in the country. If you get hungry, the food selection ranges from bar-b-que to fried twinkies (although, I have never met any one that has actually eaten a fried twinkie).

On the first level of the Hall of Education you will get to walk among premium show animals. Go up one level and you will find the fiddle contest and the small animal judging and displays. Up one more level and you will be surrounded by most of the Stock Show’s 375 vendors.

The 2010 National Western Stock Show promises to be even better. So, mark your calendar and plan to attend more than once in order to see all the NWSS has to offer.


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