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Cowboy up for some wild West eating

Cowboy up for some wild West eating

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 impromptu dance floor, but the Stock Show has launched a second bar.

This one, called the Tack Room Bar, is located in the basement of the Expo Hall/Events Center and, like the Cowboy Bar, is open as long as there are customers around. Also like the Cowboy Bar, which just offers peanuts, it's food-impaired -- but the Sirloin Hut and pork-chop-on-a-stick booth are just outside the door.

Make sure to grab a piece of pork before today's Colorado State University Seminar, set for 3 p.m. in the Beef Palace Auction Arena in the Hall of Education. The series of hour-long lectures, new this year, are all free.

Better grab a beer, too. Because Laura Bauer, assistant director of the CSU Nutrition Center, will be discussing "The Wild West Diet for Today, While Eating What You Like." According to Jim Beers, a CSU spokesman, "She'll be taking what you might consider a traditional Wild West diet -- meat and potatoes, beans -- and showing how to make it more healthy for today's lifestyle."

Hold the peanuts.


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