January 10th starts the 103rd National Western Stock Show in Denver. Ranchers from all over convene to show their livestock. Young people in 4-H show the animals they have raised. There are rodeos, horse shows, commercial exhibits and the auctioning of the grand champion steer at the Brown Palace Hotel.
The National Western Stock Show and Cheyenne Frontier Days are probably the two biggest events that authentically celebrate the spirit of the Rocky Mountain west.
Unfortunately, the current economy is taking a hit on the stock show as it is on the rest of the business world. It is unlikely that ranchers will be direct beneficiaries of any stimulus plan. They don’t mind. That’s not their style. But getting the economy back on track will help these hardworking businessmen/women who put food on our table.