The National Western Stock Show
January 12 - 27, 2013
Denver's January Tradition
The National Western Stock Show, considered the “Super Bowl of Livestock Shows,” takes place each year in Denver, Colorado. Annual activities include a rodeo and horse show, bull riding, a wild west show, and more. This event takes place each year in January and, in 2012, celebrated its 106th birthday. It has a longstanding tradition in Denver and is a highly anticipated event after the holiday season.
In 2013 the show will kick off on Saturday, January 12 and has events scheduled through Sunday, January 27 at the National Western Complex off I-70 in north Denver. Many of the events repeat throughout these 15 days. Tickets are available online in advance for a discount. Check out the official stock show website for details on packages and discounts.
What to Expect
The general schedule for the 2013 show has been released. The show kicks off with a day full of rodeos, before moving on to other entertainment such as the Mexican Rodeo, RAM Invitational Freestyle Reining, and PBR Bull Riding. Some visitors return every year to see the Wild West Show while others don’t miss the Grand Prix or an Evening of Dancing Horses.
Beyond the events, exploring the grounds is another fun activity during the National Western Stock Show. The 100-acre grounds are filled with almost 20 breeds of cattle along with horses, goats, llamas, yaks, pigs, alpacas, and rabbits. There’s also an area specifically for kids called the Children’s Ranchland and Activity Pavilion where they will have the chance to learn about these animals.
The Fine Print
When you purchase a ticket for any of the specific events, such as the rodeo or the bull riding, this ticket grants admission to the festival grounds on the day of the event only. Beyond animals, there is also a variety of shopping and dining available throughout the grounds. Tickets go on sale starting in August and are available by phone, online, at the box office, or through the mail. The trade show hours are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. each week Sunday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Coors Western Art Exhibit
Another interesting part of this festival is the Coors Western Art Exhibit and sale. A variety of western-themed art will be for sale, including photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, and printmaking. Exhibit hours are the same as the opening hours of the trade show. Each year there is one featured artist at the Coors Western Art Exhibit.
Some events in the National Western Stock Show are more family friendly than others. One of the best picks for families is called Super Dogs. During this show dogs perform incredible tricks such as aerial stunts and comedy tricks. Kids might also want to attend the Stadium Arena Mutton Bustin’. During this event, aspiring cowboys and cowgirls try and stay on top of a sheep after busting out of a chute into the rodeo arena.
Denver Area Vacation Rentals
If you're looking for the perfect lodging for the National Western Stock Show, check out vacation rentals in Denver. Choosing rentals offers more space and privacy than you’ll find in hotels. If you’re traveling with a family, you will have the convenience of a kitchen to prepare some meals and a big living room for family game night. After a long day at the show, you will be glad to have a comfortable “home away from home” to return to for a night of relaxation.