For those feeling a bit western this week, you can find your “western spirit” at the National Western Stock Show. For over 108 years, since 1906, this popular event has welcomed thousands to the”Centennial State” for what America’s Wild West has famously been known, cowboys, cattle, rodeos, and many events that celebrate the great outdoors and agriculture. Beginning Saturday, January 11, 2014, for the next 16 days, cowboys and cowgirls can get their fill of the world’s best and most entertaining professional rodeos, largest stock and horse shows, a hilarious dog show, a distinctly Colorado tradeshow along with many cultural, artistic, and food delights. The NWSS has over 50 events to please everyone taking place in the Stadium Arena, Denver Coliseum, or the National Western Events Center throughout the festivities.
Here are some particularly exciting events that you and the family will surely not want to miss!
Wild West Show
5 p.m. January 18 and 4 p.m. January 19 – Events Center
The Old West comes alive with this much-anticipated main extravaganza. Amidst much color and cool pageantry, spectators will harken back to the days of Buffalo Bill, Annie Oakley, and Calamity Jane ride into the Events Center during two Wild West Shows. A six-horse stagecoach, dance hall girls, and a tribute to American’s Indian population will please all ages as our nation’s frontier days come back to life.
Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza – 20th Anniversary
2 p.m. and 6:30 pm Sunday January 12, 2014 – Denver Coliseum
For the second year according to the Denver Post, NWSS honor Colorado’s Latino heritage with popular Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza. In colorful feast for the eyes with vibrant color and pageantry, this rodeo includes amusing bull riders and daring bareback riders. Also, check out the trick roping, Mariachi and the Paso de la Muerte or the “Death Jump”. Fourth-generation champion charro Jerry Diaz provides the choreography. Young Mexican-American Sebastian De La Cruz will give a special performance.
Martin Luther King, Jr. African-American Heritage Rodeo
6 p.m. Monday, January 20 – Denver Coliseum
Celebrating the African American participation in our nation’s western expansion is this rodeo that takes place on Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. Watch history unfold as black cowboys and cowgirls compete in the Pony Express relay, ladies’ steer un-decorating and more traditional rodeo events. Be sure to attend as this rodeo only takes place one. For special information, see the website for this rodeo, http://www.mlkrodeo.com/
5 p.m. January 16 – Events Center
CINCH Equicross represents the true spirit of the NWSS and of Colorado. Young contestants 14-18 years of age compete in this gymkhana style rodeo for scholarship money. The four (4) events include a rescue race, a keyhole race, a ring race/musical ropes and flag racing. This is an inaugural event.
Metro PCS Free Admission Day
Tuesday, January 21
Metro PCS will cover the cost of rounds Admission for every guest of the National Western Stock Show for Tuesday, January 21. The rodeos are not included.. A Grounds Admission ticket includes a full day of activities including the Super Bowl of Livestock Shows, National Western Nursery, Hutchison Western Pony Trails, Ames Activity Pavilion, CSU Ag Adventure, Comfort Dental Petting Farm, Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, and Colorado’s largest Western Trade Show.
These are just a few of the great activities planned for the National Western Stock Show. Further information can be found on the NWSS website. Please note that the purchase of admission to a ticketed event includes one free grounds admission per ticket. In 2013, the attendance reached 628,366. The highest attendance record was set for the stock show’s 100th anniversary in 2006 with over 726,972 fans packed just like cattle for the fun. But, these year, don’t let the crowds deter you! Grab a pair of cowboy boots and your best cowboy hats and head on down there. Former University of Denver student Ross Conrad said, “I hadn’t heard of the National Western Stock Show before I went to DU, but it was a lot of fun and I have lots of great memories of getting a bunch of friends together and going.”