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National Western Stock Show kicks off 2018 event in early January

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

Denver, Colo. – With eyes set on the future, the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) has set kick off for its 112th event on Jan. 6. Denver, Colo. will be abuzz with livestock shows, agriculture industry exhibits, educational opportunities and the chance for fellowship with others in the agriculture industry.

The event kicks off on Jan. 4 with the 2018 NWSS parade, which will be headlined by Grand Marshal “Thunder,” the Denver Broncos team mascot.

NWSS, established in 1906, is the premier livestock, rodeo and horse show in the nation, serving agricultural producers and consumers throughout the world, and each year, the event comes to Denver, Colo. for 16 days.

“Throughout this historic event, NWSS strives to strengthen American agriculture through enrichment programs and youth education in livestock, equestrian, farming, ranching, animal awareness and appreciation,” says NWSS. “We celebrate western lifestyles, our communities, provide life-long memories and family traditions.”

Included among the festivities, NWSS will celebrate the University of Wyoming on Jan. 17 and Wyoming Day on Jan. 20.

The Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) will hold their annual Wyoming Day tour on Jan. 20, which leaves from Cheyenne at 7:45 a.m. and returns at 9 p.m. Registration for the event costs $120 per person and includes transportation, lunch, a rodeo ticket and dinner. A half-day registration, which includes lunch and a rodeo ticket for $65, is also available. For more information on joining WSGA to celebrate Wyoming Day, visit or call 307-638-3942.

A summarized schedule of events for the 2018 NWSS is provided below.

Jan. 4

9 a.m. – Shorn Fleece and Fiber Show

12 p.m. –  Stock Show Kick-Off Parade

Jan. 5

8 a.m. – 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging Contest

– Western National Roundup Youth 4-H Horse Judging Contest

Jan. 6

8 a.m.– 4-H and FFA Meats Judging Contest

– National Gelbvieh Junior Heifer Show

– Red Angus Junior Show

8:30 a.m. – CMSA Cowboy Mounted Shooting

10 a.m. – Gelbvieh and Balancer Futurity

– National Western BBQ Throw-down

4 p.m. – Western Heritage Red Angus Sale

Jan. 7

9 a.m. – Gelbvieh and Balancer Pen Show

10 a.m. – Catch-A-Calf Show

11 a.m. – Red Angus Pen Show

2 p.m. – Red Angus Mile High Classic Sale

5 p.m. – National Limousin Sale

6 p.m. – National Gelbvieh Sale

Jan. 8

8 a.m. – National Gelbvieh and Balancer Show

– Red Angus Open Show

Jan. 9

9 a.m. – AQHA/APHA Quarter Horse and Paint Horse Show

– Junior South Devon Show, followed by National South Devon Show

– National Limousin Junior Heifer/Lim-Flex Show

1 p.m. – National Limousin MOE Show

Jan. 10

7 a.m. – AQHA/APHA Quarter Horse and Paint Show and Finals

8 a.m. – Angus Bull Sale Show

– National Hereford Junior Heifer Show

9 a.m. – Limousin and Lim-Flex Carload and Pen Show

10 a.m. – Braunvieh Show

11:30 a.m. – Angus Bull ROV Show

6 p.m. – Angus Bull Sale

Jan. 11

8 a.m. – Angus Heifer Show

– National Hereford Bull Show

1 p.m. – Denver National Maine-Anjou/MaineTainer Sale Bull Evaluation

2 p.m. – Angus “Denim and Diamonds” Sale Cattle Display

5 p.m. – Angus “Denim and Diamonds” Sale

Jan. 12

8 a.m. – Angus Female ROV Show

– Hereford Pen of Heifers Show

9:30 a.m. – Hereford Pen and Carload Bull Show

12 p.m. – Denver National Maine-Anjou/MaineTainer Pen Show

2:30 p.m. – Colorado Angus Association Foundation Female Sale

6:30 p.m. – “Mile High Night” National Hereford Sale

Jan. 13

8 a.m. – National Hereford Female Show

9 a.m. – Shorthorn Pen Show

11:30 a.m. – ACA “Hybrid Advantage” Bull and Female Sale

12 p.m. – National Charolais Pen Show

3 p.m. – “Bright Lights” Maine-Anjou Bull and Female Sale

5 p.m. – Western Elite Female Sale

Jan. 14

8 a.m. – Charolais Junior Heifer Show and Open Percentage Charolais Show

– Open Maine-Anjou Bull Show, Open MaineTainer Bull Show, Junior MaineTainer Breeding Heifers, Open MaineTainer Show, Junior Maine-Anjou Breeding Heifers and Open Maine-Anjou Heifer Show

– Simmental Pen of Bulls Show

11 a.m. – Junior Shorthorn Heifer, Junior ShorthornPlus Heifer Show, Open Shorthorn Plus and Female and Bull Show

1 p.m. – Charolais Sale

5 p.m. – “The Summit” National Shorthorn Sale

Jan. 15

8 a.m. – Chianina Junior Show

– National ROE Charolais Show

– Simmental Pen of Heifers Show

9:30 a.m. – Chianina, Chiangus Bull and Female Show

11 a.m. – National Salers Heifer and Bull Pen Show

– National Shorthorn Female Show and National Shorthorn Bull Show

1 p.m. – American Galloway Show

2 p.m. – Simmental Sale

Jan. 16

8 a.m. – Simmental Junior Breeding Heifer

11 a.m. – Piedmontese Show

1 p.m. – 43rd National Salers Sale

4 p.m. – Junior Market Swine Showmanship

Jan. 17

8 a.m. – Simmental Female Show

9 a.m. – Junior Market Swine Show

– Salers Junior Breeding Heifer

9:30 a.m. – NWSS Commercial Heifer Show

10 a.m. – National Wagyu Female and Bull Show

1 p.m. – National Junior American Aberdeen Showmanship

2 p.m. – NWSS Commercial Female Sale, presented by University of Wyoming

2:30 p.m. – National Junior American Aberdeen Female Show

3 p.m. – Junior Market Steer Showmanship

7 p.m. – Junior Market Swine Champion Selection

Jan. 18

8 a.m. – National American Aberdeen Junior Showmanship

– Stock Dog Trials

9 a.m. – Junior Market Steer Show

10 a.m. – American Aberdeen People’s Choice Show

1 p.m. – National American Aberdeen Sale

2 p.m. – Yak Pen Show

5 p.m. – Junior Market Steer Champion Selection

6 p.m. – Highland Junior Breeding Heifer Show

Jan. 19

8 a.m. – Miniature Hereford World Show

– National American Aberdeen Market Steer and Market Heifer Show

– National Highland Show

– Stock Dog Trials

9 a.m. – National American Aberdeen Female Show

4 p.m. – Texas Longhorn World Show

6 p.m. – Stock Dog Cattle Demonstration

6:30 p.m. – Auction of Junior Livestock Champions

Jan. 20

8 a.m. – Miniature Hereford Junior Show

8:30 a.m. – Junior Breeding Sheep Show, followed by Open Show

– National American Aberdeen Heifer and Bull Pen Show

– Stock Dog Clinic

9 a.m.  – Open Prospect Steer Show

9:30 a.m. – National American Aberdeen Bull Show

– Stock Dog Clinic

10 a.m. – National Highland Sale

11 a.m. – Open Prospect Heifer Show

– Stock Dog Trials

12 p.m. – Yak Halter Show

2 p.m. – Miniature Hereford World Sale

2:30 p.m. – Stock Dog Clinic

3 p.m. – Texas Longhorn World Show, Non-Haltered

Jan. 21

8 a.m. – Stock Dog Trials

8:30 a.m. – Junior Breeding Sheep Show

9 a.m. – Stock Dog Trials

1 p.m. – Stock Dog Trials

For more about NWSS or for a complete schedule, visit

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