The livestock show at the National Western offers a variety of animals for public inspection and entertainment.

In recent years, it has attracted animal enthusiasts from more diverse backgrounds as exhibitors and spectators. The NWSS continue striving to meet the obligation of our original charter, which is education, as well as meeting the challenge of innovation in the arena of family entertainment.

Visitors are able to view traditional competition among exhibitors of breeding animals ultimately used for seedstock in agricultural production (beef cattle, sheep and goats). National Western also offers competition among exhibitors of animals used primarily for recreation or companionship (llamas, poultry, rabbits and dogs). Viewing these events is all part of the stock show experience with only a general admission ticket.

Youth involvement is one of the highlights of the livestock shows. Young exhibitors from around the USA participate in the competitive arenas for prize monies, national recognition for their achievements, as well as a chance for scholarships toward higher education.

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