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The National Western Stock Show welcomes nearly 600,000 people at the 2022 event

The 117th National Western Stock Show runs from Saturday January 7 through Sunday January 26, 2023.

DENVER — Stock Show fans of all ages and from different communities dusted off their hats and boots to celebrate Colorado’s long Western tradition.

The 116th Western National Equity Fair hosted nearly 600,000 guests during the 16-day celebration in January.

The 2022 stock market fair welcomed 586,756 visitors over the 16 days, an overall decline of around 18% compared to previous peak years, before the pandemic.

The National Western’s all-time record was set during the 100th anniversary celebration in 2006 with 726,972 guests. The 2019 show recorded the third highest attendance of the stock market show with 701,656 visitors.

The 115th National Western was canceled in 2021, only the second time in the show’s history that it has not taken place.

“We were fortunate to see record attendance year after year, before the pandemic hit,” said Paul Andrews, president and CEO of the National Western Stock Show. “Today we are grateful to have organized this epic event. We are blown away by the support and awareness of the nearly 600,000 guests who returned to celebrate the western lifestyle that is so important to so many.”

Save the Date: The 117th National Western Stock Show will take place from Saturday, January 7 through Sunday, January 26, 2023.

the Junior Breeding Champions Auction at the National Western Stock Show posted record numbers on the final Friday of the event.

The 90 animals in the auction sold for $1,189,500, breaking the 2020 record of $110,000. The top eight champion animals achieved sales of $519,000.

The auction served as the final market for steers, lambs, hogs and goats that won the ribbon and were raised by junior exhibitors, 4-H and FFA youth ages 9-18.

“Stock Show has broken records this year,” Andrews said. “And wow did we see the community come together and open their wallets to support the young men and women who presented their animals at the Junior Cattle Auction.”

The 2022 Grand Champion Steer, presented by Rhylee Rodgers, sold for a record $160,000.

The Reserve Grand Champion Hog ​​sold for an impressive $50,000, breaking the previous record of $14,000 and the Grand Champion Goat set a sale record of $44,000.

Junior market steers

Grand Champion

  • Rhylee Rodgers
  • $160,000 – Ames Construction Company

Reserve Champion

  • Horn of Aven
  • $100,000 – Transwest Trucks, Inc.

Junior market pork

Grand Champion

  • Cole Phillips
  • $60,000 – Western Oil

Reserve Champion

  • Alia Rodgers
  • $50,000 – Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce

Junior market lambs

Grand Champion

  • Randall colt
  • $42,000 – Wagner Co. Equipment

Reserve Champion

  • Sayde Allen
  • $40,000 – Bruce and Bev Wagner

Junior market goats

Grand Champion

  • Sayde Allen
  • $44,000 – Babson Farms

Reserve Champion

  • Jack Hoyle
  • $23,000 – TKM Foundation, Kevin McNicholas

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