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The 106th National Western Stock Show is Here!

It’s time for the 2012 National Western Stock Show which always brings fun for the entire family. The stock show runs through the 22nd in Denver and there is literally something for every family member.

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The National Western Stock Show has a very long history and you can click here to see the timeline from 1899 to the present but here are some highlights:

  • 1906 – First show opened on Monday January 29 and ran for six days. Attendance was estimated at 15,000 and the Grand Champion steer sold for 33 cents a pound, 23 cents over the market price!
  • 1932 – The 25th National Western presented the first Rodeo in conjunction with the Livestock and Horse Show.
  • 1954 – The Westernaires made their first appearance at the Rodeo.
  • 1981 – The show increased to 12 days and included 21 Rodeo performances. A still-standing record of $301,000 was paid at auction for a Hereford bull.
  • 2006 – National Western celebrates its 100th anniversary! The show’s attendance reached 726,972 for the 16-day show and the grand champion steer sold for $75,000 or $58 per pound!

With so much going on at the Stock Show it would take me days to tell you so you can click here to see a complete schedule.  The National Western Complex is located just east of I-25 on I-70 and is easily accessible by taking the Brighton Blvd. or Coliseum exits. Easy directions can be found here as well…

See YOU at the 2012 National Western Stock Show

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