The National Western Stock Show is a rodeo, stock show, and horse show that has been around for more than 100 years.
The National Western Stock Show is a rodeo, stock show, and horse show that has been around for more than 100 years. It takes place in Denver at the Stadium Arena, Denver Coliseum and National Western Events Center every winter. Here, you can experience horses, cattle, sheep, swine, goats, llamas, alpacas, bison, yak, poultry and rabbits. There are also more than 350 venders where you can buy anything from boots to horse trailers to candy. At the show, you can purchase tickets for the rodeo to include Bulls and Broncs, cowboys and cowgirls, and bull riding.
There are so many things to do, you can ride on horses, see different animals, as well as many activities, including close to 50 performances in the stadium for Rodeos, bull riding, super dog shows, dancing horses and many more.
I was curious about the vendors and interviewed Sandy Waldron, the owner of Sandy’s Candies. Her uncle started the business in the 1930’s on Treasure Island outside of San Francisco at the World’s Fair. They hand-make all of their candies, and have 130 different varieties. They make candies, such as Apricot Rum Nut Fudge, (which is an original recipe, and is delicious) different brittles, and some popular candies, like rocky road and pecan roll. When she talked about the most popular candies, she said, “A lot of it depends on what part of the country we are in at the time, but mainly pecan roll and apricot rum nut fudge…”
The Stock Show runs until January 26. Children 2 and under are free, children 3-11 are $2-$3, and adults 12+ are $13-$17. You can find directions and where to purchase tickets on their website, which is www.nationalwestern.com. The stock show is perfect for all ages because it has activities for young kids to do, as well as adults, and is definitely worth checking out!