Photo by Aubrey Bowlus

Photo by Aubrey Bowlus

National Western Stock Show is an annual event and rodeo held in January. It has been held at the National Western Complex in Denver since 1906, making the 2018 event the 112th annual Stock Show. 705,574 guests attended the 2018 Stock Show throughout the month of January. The event features Pro Rodeo, Livestock shows, Horse shows, Trade shows, and special events. Many men compete in the Pro Rodeo in different competitions like Steer wrestling and Team roping. There is also events like Bareback RIding and Saddle Bronc Riding. Women participate in events such as Westernaires and other horse competitions. They also do Mutton Bustin’ which is when young children get on a sheep and let them run. Their events are fun for the entire family. The National Western Organization is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that helps provide scholarships in agriculture and medicine. They fund as many as 100 scholarships every year through their scholarship program. The National Western Scholarship Organization was formed in 1983 and their scholarship range from $2500 to %15,000 a person. National Western is planning on redeveloping through a multi-phase plan to “Honor the Legacy, and Build the Future”. It will involve road and rail infrastructure improvements, revive the South Platte River, and the establishment of a CSU academic center. National Western is hoping these facilities will enhance the visitor experience, provide the ability to host a wide variety of events, and increase the attendance at the Stock Show. They will also have four new core facilities including The Legacy Building, the Livestock Center, the Yards, and the Equestrian Center. People can donate at the National Western website to help them with the redevelopment and building. The National Western Stock Show will continue growing and developing new ideas in order to better the community. They plan on sustaining their legacy next January.

Story by Aubrey Bowlus

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