9Things to do at the 2022 National Western Stock Show and Rodeo


The 116th annual National Western Stock Show and Rodeo runs from Saturday, Jan. 8 to Sunday, Jan. 23.

DENVER — The National Western Stock Show is again!

A practice since 1906, this part-rodeo, part-livestock present and part-fair brings a whole bunch of 1000’s of individuals to the National Western Complex every year for a celebration of our state’s agricultural heritage.

Whether you are a native Coloradan or a transplant to the Centennial State, you may’t miss this annual occasion, which opens Saturday, Jan. 8 and runs by means of Sunday, Jan. 23 at the National Western Complex and Denver Coliseum at I-70 and Brighton Boulevard.

You haven’t skilled Denver till you’ve skilled the National Western Stock Show. Here are 9 wonderful issues to do at the 2022 celebration.

The western commerce present at the National Western Stock Show is Colorado’s largest.

Hundreds of exhibitors might be promoting effective artwork, jewellery, clothes, home goods and agricultural merchandise and gear at this year’s present. The distributors are unfold all through the National Western Complex together with the Hall of Education, Events Center and Denver Coliseum. Exploring all of the distributors can take greater than a day, so get pleasure from some meals and keep hydrated.

New in 2022, guests can discover the brand-new stockyards and Stockyards Event Center, only one a part of the future National Western Center that’s now under construction.

The Pro Rodeo at the National Western is one in every of the world’s richest common season skilled rodeos. The nation’s prime bulls, cowboys and cowgirls flock to Denver for the occasion, the first main professional rodeo of the year. There are 20 Pro Rodeos at this year’s occasion, the first on Saturday, Jan. 8.

This year’s Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza, that includes Mexican-style bull driving, bareback driving, trick roping and Mariachis, might be held twice on Sunday, Jan. 9. The Extravaganza is choreographed by Jerry Diaz, a fourth-generation champion charro. 

The annual MLK Jr. African-American Heritage Rodeo is about for Monday, Jan. 17. The historical past and heritage of America’s black cowboys might be celebrated with professional rodeo occasions together with bronc driving, barrel racing, steer wrestling, mutton bustin’, women’ steer un-decorating and extra.

The Pink Rodeo, a particular rodeo occasion to assist increase consciousness for breast most cancers analysis, is about for Thursday, Jan. 13.

Professional Bull Riders (PBR) has the prime athletes, fiercest bulls and high-energy sound, lighting and particular results. The 2022 Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour will cease at the National Western for exhibits on Monday, Jan. 10, Tuesday, Jan. 11 and Wednesday, Jan. 12.

While 1000’s of junior market animals will compete at this year’s National Western, solely 96 will compete at the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions. Junior exhibitors, 4-H and FFA members ranging in ages from 9 to 18, carry their ribbon-winning steers, lambs, hogs and goats to be auctioned off.

The auction of Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion animals will air on 9NEWS on Friday, Jan. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

The Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale, a show of world-class artwork, is open all through the National Western Stock Show. The gallery is positioned on the third flooring of the present’s Expo Hall. Admission is included with grounds admission. 

David Griffin is the featured artist of the twenty ninth annual Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale.

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The nation’s prime equine athletes come to the National Western every year to take part in one in every of practically 10 horse exhibits. 

The Invitational Ranch Rodeo kicks off the horse present schedule on Saturday, Jan. 8. The ranch rodeo is completely different from professional rodeos as a result of its contestants will not be professionals, however full-time ranch palms who compete for enjoyable and bragging rights. 

The National Western’s Wild West Shows on Saturday, Jan. 15 and Sunday, Jan. 16, are a journey again to the days of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Shows with quick-draws, cowboy leisure and pageantry. 

An Evening of Dancing Horses, offered by 9NEWS, options excellent equestrian expertise and dwell music from the Colorado School of Mines Music & Performing Arts Program. The exhibits are set for Wednesday, Jan. 19 and Thursday, Jan. 20.

Considered the Super Bowl livestock exhibits, the National Western Stock Show hosts over 25 cattle breeds throughout its two-week run. 

Visitors to the present can watch, admire and work together with 1000’s of cattle, sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas, poultry and canine which can be exhibited for awards and prize money.

The National Western Stock Show is not only for adults. The present has over 10 interactive and immersive applications, displays and occasions together with a petting farm, dairy zone and pony rides. 

The present’s actions for youngsters promote schooling and leisure by means of many features of the agriculture business, with the assist of CSU, Colorado FFA, Colorado 4-H and commodity teams.

The National Western Nursery is house to the present’s most up-to-date arrivals: cute, child animals. Located in the Events Center, the nursery is house to moms and their just-born infants.

The most vital a part of any honest, competition or expo: the meals. The National Western Stock Show has all the corn canine, burgers, pulled pork, cotton sweet and deep-fried Oreos you may deal with.

The 116th annual National Western Stock Show and Rodeo runs from Saturday, Jan. 8 to Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022.

Tickets to the National Western Stock Show and a full schedule of occasions may be discovered at NationalWestern.com.

9NEWS is a company accomplice of the National Western Stock Show.

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