Today, the Stock Show lasts for 23 days during January and February. It features live music, 36 performances of one of the best rodeos in the country, over 22,000 head of livestock, and four acres of commercial exhibits. It's a BIG deal!Usually, the weather during the Stock Show is miserable. Locals joke that January means "Stock Show Weather," which means snow, sleet, ice, rain, rain, rain, and freezing temperatures. But this year the weather was glorious! The high temperatures reached into the 60's and 70's, and the sun marched out and shined brilliantly. They even had to turn on the air conditioning in Justin Arena for a few days. The result was record breaking attendance. This year over one million people came to see the fabulous horses, take pictures of the cowboys, ooh and aah over the rabbits and llamas, and scarf down brisket burritos and red velvet funnel cake. A good time was had by all, and a ranching tradition lives on.
Shootin' the Breeze...
Chewin' the fat...
One of my favorite times of the school year when I was a kid, was Western Day. We would get to wear our best cowboy and cowgirl outfits to school, bandannas, boots, cowboy hats, and Wranglers. Then, everyone received one free ticket to the Stock Show. I remember everyone wiggling in their seats in anticipation of getting that "golden ticket." The next day would be a holiday so that everyone could go to the show. School kids and teachers still get a free ticket, but nowadays the School Day is on the weekend. Not quite the same thing.
Kaycee Field got a score of 89 for this ride on the bareback bronc, "Dirty Jacket." Even though this was a very high score, he didn't win. What do you have to do to win?
The last event of the Stock Show and the highlight of the entire 23 day event is
the Junior Steer Judging. This year the Grand Champion was "Spider Monkey"
raised by Cuatro Schauer.
That's some steer!
Later that same day, Spider Monkey was auctioned in W.R. Watt Arena. This is one of the colorful auctioneers who work the cattle sales.
Not only was Spider Monkey a champion, he was also a record breaker.
Beverly and Dick Wallrath bought Spider Monkey at auction for an astounding $230,000. Looks like Cuatro won't have to worry about finding scholarships to pay for college.
Hasta Luegos, Amigos!