Press Release: Stock Show Fans and Competitors Celebrate the Return of Colorado’s Favorite Western Tradition

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DENVER, CO. – The 116th National Western Stock Show welcomed home nearly 600,000 guests during the 16-day celebration. Deprived of the annual event in 2021, Stock Show fans of all ages and different communities dusted off their hats and boots to celebrate Colorado’s long-standing western tradition. Management, staff, volunteers, and countless others that organize and support the annual agricultural event are grateful and amazed by the support from ticket buyers to livestock buyers. 

The 2022 Stock Show hosted 586,756 visitors over the 16 days. The show faced several challenges and was down about 18% overall from previous record-breaking years, pre-pandemic. The all-time record of 726,972 guests set in 2006 during the 100th Anniversary still stands. “We have been fortunate to see record-breaking attendance year after year, prior to the pandemic,” said Paul Andrews, President & CEO of the National Western Stock Show. “Today we are grateful to have hosted this epic event. We are blown away by the support and outreach from the nearly 600,000 guests who came back to celebrate the western lifestyle that is so important to so many,” said Andrews.
“Stock Show did break records this year”, said Andrews. “And wow did we see the community come together and open their wallets in support of the young men and women who showcased their animals at the Junior Livestock Auction,” he added. 

Thank you for a great 2022 show!

The 2022 Stock Show hosted 586,756 visitors over the 16 days. The show faced several challenges and was down about 18% overall from previous record-breaking years, pre-pandemic. The all-time record of 726,972 guests set in 2006 during the 100th Anniversary still stands. “We have been fortunate to see record-breaking attendance year after year, prior to the pandemic,” said Paul Andrews, President & CEO of the National Western Stock Show. “Today we are grateful to have hosted this epic event. We are blown away by the support and outreach from the nearly 600,000 guests who came back to celebrate the western lifestyle that is so important to so many,” said Andrews.

“Stock Show did break records this year”, said Andrews. “And wow did we see the community come together and open their wallets in support of the young men and women who showcased their animals at the Junior Livestock Auction,” he added. 

This year the auction of the full 96 animals totaled $1,189,500, smashing 2020’s record by $110,000. Proceeds from the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions go towards the National Western Scholarship Trust. 

There are three major funding events for the National Western Scholarship Trust. The Citizen of the West dinner, honoring Ron Williams, the Coors Western Art Exhibit & Sale with an estimated $800,000 in sales, and the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions

The mission of the National Western Stock Show is to showcase agriculture and the western lifestyle, and the benefit of that is funding 110 scholarships that help students studying agriculture or have an interest in rural medicine. These scholarships range from $2,500 to $15,000 and through education are helping to build the future of rural America. 

Through the hard work of hundreds of volunteers, the support of the City of Denver, the Western Stock Show Association Board of Directors, sponsor partners, and everyone involved, the 116th event saw great rodeos, horse shows, livestock events and is gearing up for January 2023.  

18-year-old Rocker Steiner, 2022 NWSS Pro Rodeo Bareback Champion

About the National Western Stock Show
Established in 1906, the National Western Stock Show is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides college and graduate-level scholarships in agricultural science, business, and rural medicine. It is our mission to serve producers and consumers throughout the world by being the premier annual livestock show and center for year-round events. The 16-day show in January also serves as an entertainment arena, hosting one of the world’s richest regular season professional rodeos, world-class horse shows, prestigious Coors Western Art Show, family, educational events, and Colorado’s largest western trade show. For more information, visit nationalwestern.com.