Thursday, February 13, 2020
By Justin Acker

If you are a lover of all things Western, or maybe you’re looking for something fun to do for the entire family, I’ve got just the thing for you: The National Western Stock Show! This premier livestock, rodeo, and horse show happens once every year for sixteen days in January. A few members of our team went to check it out and they had a blast. 

The National Western Stock Show has been around since 1906 and each year has successfully served agricultural producers and consumers all over the world. With the mission to invest in future generations, they promote youth and community development through livestock and equestrian education, innovation, entertainment and competition.

Each year there are four main attractions to check out: the trade show, the livestock shows, and our personal favorite, the rodeo. The trade show aspect is unbelievable. They have anything Western you could possibly ever want. Beautiful handcrafted jewelry, Western style clothing such as cowboy hats and boots, as well as skillfully made art are just a few of the items you’ll find for sale there. As for bigger items, they have everything from John Deere tractors, to grills, to furniture, and even hot tubs! 

What makes this event so great for kids is the petting farm. This gives kids and adults the opportunity to interact and learn with the animals in a safe environment. Some of the animals you might see are your classic pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, and turkeys, but there are also a lot of uncommon animals such as peacocks and other animals you may have never seen before! For just $5 you can walk around and feed animals of your choosing, and of course, show them some love. 

There is so much going on at the National Western Stock Show that you just have to go see it for yourself! There’s face painting, caricatures, and plenty of food to add to the fun. This event gives everyone a chance to celebrate western lifestyles, our communities, and create life-long memories and family traditions. If you missed the show this year, be sure to mark your calendars for January 9-24, 2021 so you can join us!