History

A brief history of the National Western Stock Show
See how the National Western Stock Show has changed over the years by browsing our timeline from 1899 to 2010. Here are some excerpts:

1906 –First show opened on Monday January 29 and ran for six days. Attendance was estimated at 15,000 and the Grand Champion steer sold for 33 cents a pound, 23 cents over the market price!

1931 – The 25th National Western presented the first Rodeo in conjunction with the Livestock and Horse Show.

1954 – The Westernaires made their first appearance at the Rodeo.

1981 – The show increased to 12 days and included 21 Rodeo performances. A still-standing record of $301,000 was paid at auction for a Hereford bull.

2006 – National Western celebrates its 100th anniversary! The show’s attendance reached 726,972 for the 16-day show and the grand champion steer sold for $75,000 or $58 per pound!

National Western Stock Show Attendance Figures

2015 – 686,745
2015 – 682,539
2014 – 640,022
2013 – 628,366
2012 – 636,662
2011 – 644,818
2010 – 633,003
2009 – 643,100
2008 – 673,449
2007 – 649,637
2006 – 726,972
2005 – 633,554
2004 – 625,345
2003 – 641,003
2002 – 632,296
2001 – 623,182
2000 – 631,182
1999 – 606,628
1998 – 602,391
1997 – 583,941
1996 – 600,399

13 Day Shows

1995 – 585,685
1994 – 527,606
1993 – 514,713
1992 – 485,584



Contact Us

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