09-14-20 The 115th National Western Stock Show postponed until January 2022

The 115th National Western Stock Show postponed until January 2022

Denver, CO – The Western Stock Show Association (WSSA) Board of Directors together with the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) management, has made the difficult decision to postpone the 115th National Western Stock Show by one year and to resume the event in January 2022.

The COVID-19 pandemic does not allow for the Stock Show to host the annual event and comply with the health and safety guidelines that are necessary to protect  Coloradans and help stop the spread. More importantly, the projected environment through to the end of the year is too uncertain and therefore not reassuring enough to allow a traditional Stock Show to take place without potentially compromising the health and safety of exhibitors, visitors, and the public at large.

“The decision to postpone the 2021 Stock Show is incredibly difficult for our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, business partners and the City and County of Denver,” stated Doug Jones, Chairman of the WSSA, “but the iconic western events and traditions we all know and love will be back in 2022, stronger than ever,” added Jones.

“Over the past several months, we reviewed and exhausted every option possible to host our event including a modified show with reduced capacity,” said Paul Andrews, President and CEO of the NWSS. “Ultimately, the health and safety of our guests, exhibitors, volunteers, and staff is of top priority and the NWSS and the City of Denver could not find a path forward to have Stock Show and comply with the rules that govern gatherings of our size and rules of social distancing,” said Andrews.

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09-09-20 The 2020 Colorado State Fair Closes a Successful, Unprecedented Season

The 2020 Colorado State Fair Closes a Successful, Unprecedented Season

Pueblo, Colo. – The Colorado State Fair has concluded a successfully reimagined 2020 season, thanks to the dedication and cooperation of thousands of on-site and virtual participants, volunteers, staff, local and state public health agencies, sponsors and community supporters.

Colorado’s State Fair was one of only 15 State Fairs nationwide that took place in some form this year. Despite the unprecedented current health crisis, the spirit of the State Fair was kept alive this season, in large part because of innovative collaboration and the formation of new partnerships.

“We are grateful for the expertise, enthusiasm and creativity of the many organizations who worked together to make the 2020 Colorado State Fair a reality, including the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Pueblo County Public Health and Environment, CSU Extension and 4-H staff, Colorado FFA, Colorado State Fair Fiesta Committee, Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and many others,” said Scott Stoller, General Manager. “Their support, and the support of our community and those in Colorado counties statewide has been incredible.”

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09-03-20 For the 1st Time Ever…The 2020 Colorado State Fair Horse Shows to be Live-Streamed

2020 Colorado State Fair Horse Shows to be Live-Streamed for the First Time

PUEBLO, Colo. – The Colorado State Fair is proud to host the 4-H State Championship Youth Horse Show and to provide live-streaming of this year’s events taking place over four days. Young riders ages 8-18  will compete in four distinct disciplines for premium money, class awards, and High Point Awards.

Additionally, riders will participate in a Parade of Colorado Counties and High School Senior Recognitions to close the 2020 horse show events.

The following events will be streamed live on the Colorado State Fair website:

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09-01-20 Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale Raises Thousands for Colorado’s Youth

Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale Raises Thousands for Colorado’s Youth

PUEBLO, Colo. – The 2020 Grand Champion Market Beef was sold for $50,000 at today’s 2020 Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale at the Colorado State Fair.

The steer was raised by Ema Richardson of Yuma, Colorado and purchased by Sam Brown and Family.

More than $298,200 was raised in the auction of 98 animals raised and shown by young people from across Colorado. All youth exhibitors who participated were required to keep a detailed record book of their animal project while learning responsibility, leadership, showmanship, and best animal care practices.

“The Junior Livestock Sale, especially this year, is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our state’s 4-H and FFA kids to their animals, as well as the generosity of the philanthropists who support these amazing kids and make this event possible,” said Colorado State Fair General Manager Scott Stoller.

The sale is instrumental in supporting the future of Colorado’s agribusiness, as it demonstrates the importance of raising quality livestock and the work required of those who pursue careers in agriculture.

The Grand and Reserve Grand Champions are listed below. A complete list of all winners will be posted on the Colorado State Fair website. Photos from the auction are posted here.

The fairgrounds are not open to the public this season. Competitive events are operating in close coordination with local and state health officials with strict indoor and outdoor health protocols in place, including limited guests accompanying youth competitors. Continue reading

The 2020 Colorado State Fair Junior Livestock Shows Dedicated in Memory of Mick Livingston & Jerrod Samber…

The 2020 Colorado State Fair Junior Livestock Shows Dedicated in Memory of Mick Livingston & Jerrod Samber…

Show Archives: 

CLICK HERE to watch LIVE or the archives Aug 27-31

To watch LIVE or the Archives Aug 27 – Sep 1st… CLICK HERE

08-31-20 Colorado State Fair Junior Livestock Auction to be Held in Support of 4-H and FFA Youth

Colorado State Fair Junior Livestock Auction to be Held in Support of 4-H and FFA Youth

PUEBLO, Colo. – The 2020 Colorado’s Electric Cooperatives Junior Livestock Sale will be held Tuesday, September 1 beginning at 3:30pm at the Colorado State Fairgrounds, with approximately 100 4-H and FFA youth scheduled to sell their prize winning beef, pigs, goats, sheep, turkeys and chickens.

Numerous distinguished guests will be supporting the event both virtually and on site, including Governor Jared Polis, Colorado State Senate President Leroy Garcia, State Representatives Daneya Esgar, Bri Buentello, and Donald Valdez, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Kate Greenberg. Several buyers groups, including the famed Denver Rustlers will also be participating.

“I’m proud of the hard work that has brought Colorado’s 4-H and FFA youth to this point,” said Governor Polis. “I look forward to celebrating this generation of leaders safely in person and letting them know how important they are for our state. This year’s participants are the future of agriculture in our state and their dedication, enthusiasm for their youth projects is inspiring. I’m looking forward to meeting them at this year’s event.” Continue reading

The 2020 Colorado State Fair – Watch the Junior Livestock Shows on Livestream from Pueblo Aug 27th thru 31st!

The 2020 Colorado State Fair – Watch the Junior Livestock Shows on Livestream from Pueblo Aug 27th thru 31st!

  • Mkt Goats Aug 27 @ 1 pm;
  • Mkt Hogs on Aug 28 @ 11 am;
  • Mkt Beef on Aug 29 @ 1 pm
  • Mkt Lambs on Aug 30 @ 1 pm
  • FFA Heifer Wrangle Show on Aug 31 @ 1 pm
  • NWSS Catch-A-Calf Show on Aug 31 @ 3 pm

CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE OR THE ARCHIVES

2020 CSF LIVESTOCK SHOW INFORMATION

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08-19-20 CDA: Kids Are Invited to the 2020 Virtual Colorado State Fair Day Camp

CDA: Kids Are Invited to the 2020 Virtual Colorado State Fair Day Camp

Pueblo, Colo. – The Colorado State Fair is calling all kids to head to the 2020 State Fair Day Camp–from the safety of their own homes. The virtual, first-ever State Fair camp will be held on four afternoons from Monday, August 31 through Thursday, September 3, beginning at 3:30 p.m. each day.

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08-17-20 Reminder: 2021 Colorado Farm Show Scholarships DUE NOV 1st!

Colorado Farm Show Scholarships DUE NOV 1st!

Can now be completed online – check out the NEW Colorado Farm Show Website

GREELEY, CO – The Colorado Farm Show is offering over $25,000 in scholarships to graduating Colorado High School Seniors. The scholarship program is now accepting applications for the 2020-21 academic year. Students who apply should be High School graduates in the Winter 2020 or Spring 2021 and planning on pursuing a degree in an Agricultural field of study at the College or University of their choice.

To date, the Colorado Farm Show has awarded $262,000 in scholarships to Colorado graduating High School Seniors pursuing careers in an Agricultural field of study.

Scholarships being offered include:

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08-14-20 WELD COUNTY FAIR’S JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SALE TOPS $1 MILLION!!!

WELD COUNTY FAIR’S JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SALE TOPS $1 MILLION!!!

WELD COUNTY, CO — The 102nd Weld County Fair’s Junior Livestock Sale raised a total of $1,040,220! This accounts for $801,000 from the sale of animals and $239,220 from supporter’s individual contributions.

“Raising this amount of money is fantastic for these kids,” said Commissioner Chair Mike Freeman. “The donations from buyers not only help 4-H and FFA members fund their higher education or prepare themselves for a career in agricultural production, they also show the payoff of hard work and dedication.”

This year’s sale was on August 3, 2020, and is now the third top grossing sale in Colorado behind the 2019 Weld County Junior Livestock sale at $1,122,956 and the 2020 National Western Stock Show total of $1,062,000. More than 100 people watched and participated in Weld County Fair’s livestreamed event. Continue reading

08-04-20 Colorado State Fair Releases 2020 On-Site and Virtual Activities Lineup

Colorado State Fair Releases 2020          On-Site and Virtual Activities Lineup

Pueblo, Colo. – The Colorado State Fair Board of Authority has voted to hold a variety of competitive activities at the Colorado State Fairgrounds as part of the reimagined 2020 State Fair August 28 – September 7. Continue reading

WELD COUNTY FAIR JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SALE BENEFITS YOUTH ON AUG 3RD…Watch, Bid & Place an Add-on at LiveAuctions.tv!

WELD COUNTY FAIR JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SALE BENEFITS YOUTH ON AUG 3RD…Watch, Bid & Place an Add-on at LiveAuctions.tv!

2020 Weld County Fair Junior Livestock Sale Order

2020 Weld County Fair Add-On Form

WELD COUNTY FAIR JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SALE BENEFITS YOUTH

WELD COUNTY, CO — To cap off another successful, albeit different county fair due to COVID-19, the Junior Livestock Sale will be held on August 3 at 3:00 p.m. and will be open only to the youth selling their livestock, their families, and buyers who choose to attend in person. New this year is a virtual component that will allow buyers who prefer to participate online, along with the general public, to do so as the sale will be live streamed via Live Auctions TV.

Approximately 245 kids will present their prized livestock at the sale.

“This sale is a fantastic event for our youth,” said Commissioner Chair Mike Freeman. “I’m proud of these kids and want to thank fair staff for putting on a livestock sale that is mindful of the health and safety of everyone in attendance, including the online viewers.” Continue reading

07-23-20 Colorado State Fair Issues Guidance & Instructions for 4-H and FFA Junior Market Exhibitors…PLEASE READ

Colorado State Fair Issues Guidance & Instructions for 4-H and FFA Junior Market Exhibitors…PLEASE READ
Attention 4-H/FFA Market Exhibitors, please READ the following information on the 2020 Reimagined Colorado State Fair:
    1. Entry deadline has been extended to August 5th, no late entries will be accepted. Please look at the Market Show information and enter online on the Fair’s Livestock website.
    2. Exhibitors will be allowed to show 4 animals of each species. There will no sift of any species.
    3. Due to public gathering guidelines set forth by the Colorado Department of Public Health, the Colorado State Fair will be restricting each 4-H/FFA exhibitor to 1 parent, guardian or family member to attend the event. If Public Health guidelines loosen prior to the start of the 2020 Reimagined Colorado State Fair, the General Manager has the authority to loosen the restrictions on the number of attendees.
    4. What does Paragraph 3 mean? Each exhibitor entered will receive a wristband for themselves and one for the person that comes with them. Example: 1 exhibitor per family = 2 wristbands; 2 exhibitors per family = 4 wristbands and so on. Every exhibitor will be given their wristbands at the health paper check.
    5. Face coverings will be required upon entry on the fairgrounds. Each exhibitor and attendee will be temperature checked at the gate, will be required to wear face covering and will be required to fill out and sign a Guest Pledge agreeing to abide by the posted public health restrictions prior to unloading any animals.
    6. The Colorado State Fair Authority reserves the right to cancel all livestock competitions prior to the start of the 2020 Reimagined Colorado State Fair at any time due to COVID-19.
Questions ?? please call the Livestock Office at 719-404-2035 or email at robyn.toft@state.co.us.

07-16-20 Weld County Fair Royalty Presents 2020 Fair Book to Commissioners

CLICK HERE to watch the Jr Market Shows, Showmanships & Championship Drives July 28 – Aug 1 on Livestream

Weld County Fair Royalty Presents 2020 Fair Book to Commissioners

WELD COUNTY, CO — In keeping with tradition, the 2020 fair royalty court presented the Board of Commissioners with the 102nd Weld County Fair Book this week.

“Thank you for your commitment to representing the Weld County Fair. It’s important to the board that the fair continues as scheduled so youth can showcase the projects they’ve worked hard to complete,” said Commissioner Chair Mike Freeman. “I’d also like to thank Pat Kindvall for all the work she’s done in helping make these young ladies successful as their mentor.”

The fair royalty court volunteered at different livestock shows during the National Western Stock Show in January. They also attended the Colorado Association of Fairs and Shows (CAFS) where they learned about leadership and being fair royalty. Although the court has not been able to complete all their intended duties, such as appearing in parades, because of COVID-19, they will be handing out ribbons to youth exhibitors at this year’s fair. All three girls will reign over the Weld County Fair into 2021.

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The 2020 Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show is this Weekend July 10-11-12…”It’s a GO!”

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION

The 2020 Briggsdale Classic Open Jackpot Show is this Weekend July 10-11-12…”It’s a GO!”

To enter the 2020 Briggsdale Classic Jackpot Show online use this link: https://forms.gle/Uj1PSK7QdDxW8xbi6
LIVESTREAM VIDEO ARCHIVES from the Showmanship & Championship Drives, courtesy of BARN Media – DEPENDING UPON INTERNET CONNECTIVITY

2020 BEEF SHOW RESULTS – CLICK HERE
2020 LAMB SHOW RESULTS – CLICK HERE
2020 GOAT SHOW RESULTS – CLICK HERE
2020 HOG SHOW RESULTS – CLICK HERE
2020 BRIGGSDALE CLASSIC PHOTOS (Beef, Lambs, Goats & Hogs)- CLICK HERE

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07-02-20 NWSS National Anthem Contest for 2021 is Postponed

NWSS National Anthem Contest for 2021 is Postponed

July usually means the start of our National Anthem contest for the upcoming Stock Show. This year, we have decided to postpone the contest to the Fall. Keep working on your videos and practicing – we can’t wait to see all the videos you submit in a few short months.

In the meantime, you can look back at the 2020 Co-Winners and see them in action.

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07-02-20 NWSS History Preserved: Dismantle and Move of the Historic Water Tower

NWSS History Preserved: Dismantle and Move of the Historic Water Tower

Recently the city of Denver’s construction team disassembled the historic Armour water tower along National Western Drive. The 80-foot tower is now safe in storage as the team prepares the site for its move to a new, permanent location in the heart of the future stockyards. There it will serve as a visual beacon for campus visitors at the far end of the main campus plaza.
This area was once known as the Denver Union Stock Yards and was the location of several packing houses — Swift, Wilson, Cudahy and Armour were the largest. The Armour tower was likely installed after the Armour Company took over the site around 1917. The water tower and the adjacent Armour Administration Building are the last two structures associated with the large animal processing plant that was once there. The Armour Administration Building will also become part of the new campus.

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06-30-20 BARN MEDIA LIVESTREAM WEBCAST ALERTS: 2020 Weld County Fair & Colorado State Fair Updates

BARN MEDIA LIVESTREAM WEBCAST ALERTS:

2020 Weld County Fair & Colorado State Fair Updates regarding the Junior Livestock Shows, Showmanships & Championship Drives at both events in July 28 – Aug 1 and Aug 27 – Sept 7th…

KEEP IN MIND…DUE TO COVID-19 THIS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

06-26-20 The 2020 Colorado 4-H State Conference will be Virtual – Here’s how you can watch the Archive in case you missed it

ICYMI: CLICK HERE to watch on Livestream, courtesy of The BARN

The 2020 Colorado 4-H State Conference will be Virtual – Here’s how you can watch the Archive in case you missed it

TWO WAYS YOU CAN WATCH THE WEBCAST ARCHIVE FROM June 26, 2020
2020 Colorado 4-H State Conference

The 2020 Colorado State 4-H Conference has been cancelled. The safety, health and wellbeing of all people associated with Colorado 4-H Programming was the main priority and focus in making the decision to cancel the face to face conference. As a result of the current CSU and State 4-H face to face restrictions there have been many state and county 4-H program efforts to offer virtual opportunities for 4-H youth and volunteers to engage in 4-H programming. Of the many leadership, community service and educational components offered to 4-H youth through State 4-H Conference, much discussion has been conducted specifically regarding the State 4-H contests that traditionally occur during State 4-H Conference. Continue reading

06-23-20 Nutrition Legend Pens Seventh Book…John K. Matsushima, Ph.D., releases Dynamic Beef Cattle Industry

Nutrition Legend Pens Seventh Book…

John K. Matsushima, Ph.D., releases Dynamic Beef Cattle Industry

Written by Larisa Willrett, BluePrint Media

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In his seventh book, Dynamic Beef Cattle Industry, beef cattle nutrition pioneer and innovator John K. Matsushima, Ph.D., offers a comprehensive history of the beef cattle industry. Dynamic is a term that could also be used to describe the book’s author. At almost 100 years old, Matsushima has not only seen much of the cattle industry’s modern development worldwide, but has helped it evolve and improve over much of that time. Continue reading