DENVER (CBS4) – The National Western Stock Show opens this weekend, despite the increase in Omicron COVID cases in Colorado. Hundreds of thousands of people from across the country come to Denver for rodeos, cattle auctions and trade shows.
Katelyn Knievel and her family drove 10 hours from Bozeman, MT with their cattle.
“It’s such a great experience. Being able to exhibit your animals here and show off what you work for every day, ”Knievel said. “It’s a feeling you can’t describe.”
Katelyn’s ranch has been in the family for over 100 years.
For many, these few weeks of January are devoted to heritage and tradition. Business and networking are just an added bonus.
“When they canceled it, it was terrible. I mean that’s where we do most of our sales,” said Marc Milligan, who brought dozens of Alpacas from Livermore.
Organizers say that if people are responsible, the show will go on safely.
“About 60% of our show is outdoors. Most interior spaces have huge open barn doors that constantly circulate air, ”Paul Andrews, president and CEO of NWSS, told CBS4 last month.
He also says there will be a rotational cleaning system throughout the National Western Stock Show.
The term of the masks for the city of Denver has been extended until February 3. The mandate applies to the interior spaces of the NWSS, such as the rodeo arena and the horse show arena. The NWSS applied for and received a waiver from the Colorado Department of Health regarding proof of vaccinations.
As a result, proof of vaccination will not be required for the Stock Show.
the COVID-19 mobile vaccination bus will be on hand to offer free shots, booster shots and flu shots on January 13, 20 and 21.