National Western Stock Show

North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative

The former agriculture secretary for the Obama Administration is leading an effort to expand the old north Denver stockyards - the location of the National Western Stock Show - to a 240-acre hub of agricultural innovation.

As Colorado Public Radio reports, former Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said researchers based there will also try to solve global hunger by researching crops that can grow with less water.

It's Stockshow time in Denver!

Jan 14, 2015

It’s National Western Stock Show time on the high plains.  The stock show, rodeo, and horse show drew a record crowd opening day in Denver.  Over 47,000 people were in attendance.  That’s the biggest first-day crowd in the show’s century plus history reports 9 News.

The stock show was started by some forward thinking men with the goal of demonstrating better breeding and feeding techniques to area stockmen.  It’s the world’s largest according to  It’s grown to be more than a stock show.  This year’s events include a parade in the streets of downtown Denver, including a herd of longhorns; daily rodeos, a western art exhibit and sale, and more than 15,000 animals competing for top awards.

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The National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, has been a diamond in the crown of cowboy life for over 100 years.  It also is a reflection of the way life is changing at home on the range.