The National Western Stock Show, in Denver, is billed as the “Super Bowl” of stock shows. Held for two weeks in January, it features everything you would expect at a stock show – horses, livestock, rodeo, bull-riding, cowboys and cowgirls (real and pretend). The midway has the usual assortment of vendors and fast food. The Denver Coliseum, otherwise known as the stock show complex, serves as the permanent home for the stock show. It’s conveniently located next to the stockyards and the rail yards. And, when the stock show is in Denver, that special scent from the stockyards wafts over lower downtown. The big nights at the stock show, of course, is championship night at the rodeo and the livestock sales.
While it has been mused the stock show is of another time, its continued appeal is the showcasing of the western lifestyle, ranching and farming. It is also a reminder of the rich history of what made the Old West, and becoming the modern-day west.
About the photos –
- main entrance to the Denver Coliseum
- bronc-riding during one night of the PRCA Rodeo
- the Denver Stockyard building
These photos were taken using a Canon FTb 35-mm SLR using Kodak Gold film (ASA 400) during the 2012 edition of the National Western Stock Show.