Start Preparing for Cow Camp!

The National Junior Limousin Show & Congress is only a few weeks away! I hope that you are preparing for your satellite events, including Cow Camp! Since junior nationals is held at National Western, we thought we would include some questions about the National Western Stock Show! Take a look at these facts while preparing for Cow Camp! See you soon!

  • The First Western Stock Show opened on Monday, January 29, 1906 and ran for 6 days. Around 15,000 people attended, and the Grand Champion Steer sold for 33 cents a pound, which was 23 cents over market price.
  • In the early years, a rule was made that land grant colleges couldn’t be awarded championships.
  • The Western Stock Show was intended to teach “The importance of good breeding.”
  • The National Ampitheater (now called Stadium Arena) opened on January 18, 1909. It cost over $200,000, seated 6,000 people and stalls were built underneath.
  • In 1910, they decided to require a “certificate of health” to exhibit all purebred cattle.
  • There was no stock show in 1915 due to foot and mouth disease.
  • The 1972 Grand Champion Steer “Big Mac” was disqualified due to being dyed black. He was earlier exhibited at the American Royal as a white steer.
  • The show was expanded to 16 days in 1996.
  • Attendance today is around 650,000.
  • Each year National Western contributes $75,000,000 in economic revenue for Colorado.
  • The National Western estimates $10 million in livestock sales take place.

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