The kick-off parade of longhorn cattle and cowhands through the city on Thursday was a lead-in to the annual Western Stock Show that happens in Denver every year.
Dates and Times
The 108th annual National Western Stock Show officially opens Saturday, January 11 and runs through January 26. The show is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the final Sunday. Free parking is available on the stock show grounds. The stock show complex is located at Brighton Boulevard and Interstate 70 in Denver.
Admission includes access to the trade show, stockyards, art exhibits, livestock shows and the children’s Hall of Education. Buy tickets online or at the box office. There is also an app for visiting the show.
What To See
It will not just be longhorns in the stock show. There will be twenty breeds of cattle, along with urban oddities and newcomers to Western ranching, from alpacas to yaks. Up to three quarters of a million visitors are likely to attend this year, as in past years. Whether you are a city slicker, a ranch hand or someone with a foot in both fields, there will be lots for you and your kids to do at the stock show.
Rodeos and Horse Shows
Rodeos are a big part of the event. There will be 20 professional rodeos, including mutton busting’ and miniature bull riding. There will be a Martin Luther King Jr. Heritage Rodeo on Monday, January 20 and two Mexican rodeos on Saturday, January 12. Miss Rodeo Colorado will be crowned on Thursday, January 16.
Tickets for the Wild West shows on Saturday and Sunday, January 18 and 19, are available as family packs, with snacks included. The PBR World Championship package includes three evening events from Monday to Wednesday, January 13-15.
New this year will be extreme rodeo events for riders aged 14-18. Equicross events include rescue, keyhole, ring and flag races. The kids compete for scholarships.
You can still catch one last quarter horse show on Saturday, January 11. The Open Horse Show performance and the AQHA Ranch Horse Classic are on Wednesday, January 22, followed by an Evening of Arabian Stallion Dancing Horses on that night and the next. The final weekend features draft horse shows, with races and pulling contests.
Farmers will be out in full force. Take an educational tour of urban farms on a weekday morning, or visit the farm animal nursery. There will be sheep shearing demonstrations and 4-H events. Watch farmer magic shows (also educational for the kids). High Country Carvers lead chainsaw demonstrations and competitions throughout the fair days.