The 106th National Western Stock Show ended Sunday, with strong numbers throughout the 16 days. Opening day started with a bang as Colorado Champions faced off against the World Champions in the first ever Colorado vs. The World rodeo. Over 44,000 people attended opening day, making it the second biggest in history. Total attendance for the 16-day run was 636,662, making it a top 10 year in National Western history.
Records fell at the Junior Livestock Auction, as 98 animals were sold for a record $611,200 which was nearly a $20,000 increase from the previous record. The money invested supports the youth that raised the animal as they plan for their future needs for college education.
The National Western Scholarship Trust is funded by three primary sources and each source had a tremendous year. The Junior Livestock Auction, as noted earlier, had a record year and a percentage of the total goes to fund the Trust. The Citizen of the West dinner, honoring Lynne Cheney, made its first appearance at the Event's Center to a sold-out arena floor. The Coors Western Art exhibit had a great year and a portion of the proceeds fund the Scholarship Trust. All three of these events will produce enough revenue to fund a projected 75 scholarships throughout Colorado and Wyoming for students studying in the fields of agriculture and rural medicine.
Our 19 ProRodeos featured some of the greatest competitors from around the world, along with the famous Westernaires. New highlights this year included the Susan G. Komen "Pink" Rodeo, and a historic night in salute to our armed forces.
The historic yards hosted over 16,000 head of livestock, making it one of the top five years of all time. The Wagyu, a Japanese heritage breed made its debut at the Stock Show and was shown here for the first time in the Northern Hemisphere.
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