THEN VS. NOW (as seen on the nwss blog)

Author: Kristy

Since it’s start in 1906, the National Western Stock Show has come a long way. It’s progressive efforts through the hardest times has proven that it’s one of the most legendary livestock shows in America today.

As such, we thought it would be fun to show a few comparisons of just exactly how much things have changed over the years.


THEN: The Catch-A-Calf program began in 1935 when 10 boys caught 10 sponsored calves.

NOW: Over 40 sponsored calves are caught by boys and girls from Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and Kansas. They participate in live evaluation, personal interviews, record book judging and showmanship. In 2010, the first Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Catch-A-Calves were sold in the Junior Livestock Sale. Later in 2014, the two champions raised over $68,000 for the program.


Left: “The Yards” circa 1978. Right: 2013 Champion Carload.

THEN: The National Western originated from the historical stockyards that flourished with thousands of head of cattle shipped in and out of Denver via the railroad. Some remember the infamous straw racks and hand painted signs. (See above photo.)

NOW: Exhibitors from across the U.S. and Canada travel thousands of miles to experience “The Yards.” It’s truly a one of a kind venue that no other livestock show offers.

Though there has been a lot of change throughout the last 109 years of the National Western, the memories and traditions created by the families, exhibitors and livestock will forever be remembered every January in Denver.

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