It's time to pull out those cowboy hats and boots as the National Western Stock Show begins its 108th year. After a parade through downtown Denver today, the NWSS will start in earnest on Saturday, running through January 26 at the National Western Complex. In addition to professional rodeos, Colora ... More >>
Headed to the Western Slope? That's the only place you'll be able to score a bottle of Olathe, a German-style lager that AC Golden Brewing made to honor the harvest season and the growers who work with the company. "The corn, barley and hops were all grown within one mile of each other in Olathe," ... More >>
Tim Brod of Highland Honey Bees sells creamed honey and herb-infused honey intended to promote health, as well as queen bees and bee packages to would-be apiarists and pollination services for local organic farms. And -- as I learn on my Saturday morning visit to the Boulder Farmers' Market -- he is ... More >>
Earlier this week, on Monday, I spent the afternoon in Kansas -- specifically St. Francis, Kansas, a small, sleepy town just a few miles east of the Kansas/Colorado border, population a mere 1,200. Cattle far, far outweigh humans in St. Francis -- there are thousands and thousands of them -- and o ... More >>
How to put profit back in the non-profit National Western Stock Show -- enough to keep it corralled in its current location? That's the question a group of NWSS officials, business types and city representatives are studying, and their mission includes the possibility of establishing a Western herit ... More >>
"Extravaganza" is not a word to throw around lightly, but the National Western Stock Show's Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza holds up to that title with flair. The annual event features horse-riding, bull-fighting, trick-roping, traditional dancing and hundreds of cheering fans in the stands. Continue rea ... More >>
Today is officially "Dress Western Day," with a parade through downtown Denver marking the kick-off of the 107th National Western Stock Show; tomorrow is "United in Orange Friday," pushing this town's other show ponies, the Denver Broncos. What's a busy mayor to wear?
Denver is full of fun -- and free -- events this week. From long-horned cattle on the downtown streets to art from around the world, there's plenty to see -- and you won't have to watch your wallet emptying out in order to enjoy the sights. For a full calendar of happenings, check out our online Wes ... More >>
Great Divide Brewing will tap its first-ever beer made with fresh Colorado hops tomorrow at 2 p.m., joining a growing list of brewers who use locally grown hops. Sticky Icky is a pale ale that has been soaked in a firkin with fresh Crystal hops from Misty Mountain Hop Farm in Olathe. But the brewery ... More >>
It was a year ago today that Denver woke up to discover that upstart Aurora had rustled a major deal in the metro area: a massive, $800 million hotel/spa/convention complex that Gaylord Entertainment would build near Denver International Airport.
Bringing a food truck to the National Western Stock Show is no Wok in the Park. That's because when Aramark, which handles food/beverage concessions at the Denver Coliseum, decided to add food trucks, including Biker Jim's, to its side of the Stock Show, right under the I-70 viaduct, it changed the ... More >>
For the third year running, burlesque queen Cora Vette (aka Reyna Von Vett) is hosting the Too Sexy for the Stock Show burlesque extravaganza to provide a counterbalance to all that good, clean, wholesome fun. Photographer Emily Driskill brought back these photos from the January 11 show at Bar Sta ... More >>
In a tradition that officially dates back to 1906, and unofficially to the early days of ranching in the West, the National Western Stock Show is in town. And the annual event celebrates a lot more than funnel cakes and cowboy boots. On Monday, Show and Tell asked readers whether they loved or hate ... More >>
The Denver Coliseum was dedicated sixty years ago today, at a celebration dubbed "Salute to Soil." Today, the onetime showplace has become the poor relative of Denver's venues. Poor in amenities, perhaps, but rich in history.
A year ago, no one was betting that Michael Hancock would win the crowded race to become Denver's next mayor. But the gamble paid off, and today, when Mayor Hancock celebrates Dress Western Day -- the one day that Denver doesn't apologize for being a cowtown -- he'll be wearing very appropriate foot ... More >>
The National Western Stock Show is rolling into town, which means there will be almost as much beef on the hoof as on the plate in this cowtown, although steakhouses definitely anticipate fattening up. And this year, in addition to the usual funnel cakes and turkey legs and pork chops on a st ... More >>
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If the National Western Stock Show moves to Aurora -- and don't hold your breath for a big financial farewell from Denver voters -- it will leave one big gap in a part of Denver that's already been a dump site for polluting industries and a neighborhood-dividing Interstate. So why not an empt ... More >>
Aurora is so eager to have Gaylord Entertainment build its giant convention center/hotel/resort there that it's pushing for a $300 million tax subsidy for the project -- but only if Gaylord doesn't use the word "Denver" in the name of the hotel. Other options?
While Denver City Council was approving a proposal to turn the city's back yards into a barnyard, Aurora was attempting to rustle the National Western Stock Show. The city dangled a $300 million incentive to lasso the annual event for a new complex that would be built by Denver International ... More >>
Update: The spokeswoman for the stock show has responded to our post and acknowledged that mistakes were made. See her comments below our original item. I was sitting in the stands of the rodeo at the National Western Stock Show on Saturday night, watching men wrestle steer to the ground, wh ... More >>
T.L. Gallegos If you've ever been to a Burlycute show, then you pretty much know what to expect when these burlesque beauties put together a production: Sheer insanity. Also, hot girls taking off their clothes amidst the sheer insanity. And madame/emcee Cora Vette (aka Reyna Von Vett) is the ... More >>
Millions of bison used to thunder across the plains of Colorado. Today, the nation's largest mammals still travel across the state - but they do so by truck. Nearly ninety buffalo are in Denver right now for the National Western Stock Show -- 57 were unloaded Tuesday and another thirty or so ... More >>
The National Western Stock Show has doubled your drinking pleasure this year. Not only has the Cowboy Bar -- the temporary saloon set up in the basement of the Hall of Education, right by the stalls where bulls are groomed -- expanded, adding more than a dozen seats and space for an imprompt ... More >>
Eating buffalo is not only good for you, but it's good for the future of the animal, as Jonathan Shikes notes in this Save the Buffalo post. And thanks to Colorado Buffalo Grill, you can get it on the go. From 6 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday (weather permitting), the mobile restaurant i ... More >>
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