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National Western Stock Show kicks off its 111th year today

Katarina Velazquez
kvelazquez@greeleytribune.com

The National Western Stock Show has been a Denver-based tradition for 111 years, and the 16-day event will begin its festivities at 9 a.m. today. It will run until Jan. 22 at the National Western Complex in Denver, 4655 Humboldt St.

This year's show will feature various events ranging from world-class rodeos to traditional mutton bustin' for the kids. Some local Weld County 4-Hers will participate in this year's event, such as Jed and Cal Sidwell, who will show their lambs and steers, and Alyssa Deporter, who will show in the junior market steer and lamb shows, as well. Many other Weld kids and families will join them.

In 2016, the top eight animals at the Junior Livestock Auction set an all-time record high of $412,000 in the sale.

The show had 686,745 visitors last year, and the yards this year will haul in 40 semis full of shavings and 14 semis full of straw for the 16-day event. After the show is over, it will take 65 semis to haul away the manure for recycling.

According to the National Western Stock Show, the event boasts 25 different breeds of cattle and more than 15,000 head of livestock and horses will be on stock show grounds. National Western estimates $10 million in livestock sales will take place during the event.

The first stock show opened Monday, Jan. 29, 1906, and ran for six days, according to a timeline by National Western. Attendance was estimated at 15,000 and the grand champion steer sold for 33 cents per pound. The 25th National Western in 1931 presented the first rodeo in conjunction with the livestock and horse show, and in 1941, the grand champion steer was exhibited by 12-year-old Kenny Monfort of Greeley.

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For more information and a complete list of stock show events, go to http://www.nationalwestern.com. Grounds admission and event tickets are available at http://www.nationalwestern.com and all King Soopers locations.

How much does it cost?

According to the National Western Stock Show, grounds admission pricing is date-specific and can be purchased in advance by calling the National Western Box Office at (866) 464-2626, and in person at Front Range area King Soopers locations or at the National Western Box Office, 4655 Humboldt St. in Denver.

Typically adults ages 12 and older range in price from $10-20, children age 3-11 range from $2-3, and children 2 and younger are free.

The cost for guest badges, which provide grounds admission for all 16 days of the Stock Show, is $55.

For more information, go to http://www.nationalwestern.com/tickets.

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