The National Western Stock Show or NWSS celebrated its 105th year of existence in 2011. The first NWSS show opened on January 29th, 1906 for 6 Days. At that time, the grand champion steer sold for 33 cents a pound, and visitors to the show arrived by horse and carriage, street car, or by train.
Today, the NWSS helped to raise money to provide scholarships for needy students. In addition, the 16 day show helps to entertain and educate visitors and to help preserve western culture. Each year, more than 15,000 animals are shown and over 350 vendors sell their wares.
The 106th NWSS will be held from January 7th to January 22nd, 2012. A schedule is still being developed for show times. You can check the website frequently for more information at http://www.nationalwestern.com. You can purchase tickets for admission to the event by calling 1-888-551-5004.
In 2011, ticket prices varied depending upon the event. On average, admission was $7 per person for visitors ages 12 and up. Admission for kids ages 3 to 11 was $2. Tickets are $3 for children on Saturday and Sunday and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Admission for children ages 2 and under is always free.
There are 42 other ticketed events at the show for guests to attend. These events include two Mexican Rodeo events, 23 PRCA Rodeos, 3 Denver Chute Outs, a Martin Luther King Jr. African America Heritage Rodeo, 2 Wild West Shows, 2 SuperDogs Shows, 2 Dancing Horse Shows, and 4 Western Draft Horse and Mule Shows. The tickets for each event ranges from $8 to $100 depending upon the seating arrangements. Other events include a western art show and a bull riding show.
Throughout the year, the NWSS offers an online store where people can purchase western clothes, hats, caps, art, and gifts. For more information on the store or to purchase an item, go to the secure website at http://secure.nationalwestern.com/.
The NWSS also sponsors an international agri-business center during the event.
The center was established in 1984 in order to help increase overseas sales of livestock and livestock products by providing a place for trade development. This is the perfect place to welcome international business partners or to meet guests. The center is located in the Expo Hall. For more information on agri-business, go to http://www.wtcdn.com/.
You can keep up to date with the latest news on the 2012 National Western Stock Show by going to the websites at http://www.nationalwestern.com or by following them on face book and twitter.