I attended the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo last night in Denver. It was my first actual rodeo and it was pretty cool. Kind of a whole smorgasbord of different events that were pretty fun.
We got there around six and wandered around the exhibition hall, which had tons of vendors offering clothes, furniture, jewelry, rugs, throws, standard and fancy RV-style stock trailers, and all sorts of other Western stuff. I would have spent more time looking around the RV trailers -- having lived in one for a year -- but I was with others and we were somewhat limited on time.
Starting at 7 p.m., the rodeo show (because it wasn't just bronco and bull bucking as the uninitiated might think, among whom I used to number) kicked off with no lights and a loud emcee announcing the event. The opening ceremony included a neon-lined female rider and her neon-lit American flag riding around the dimly lit stadium. Then a whole host of other riders just like her rode out and they rode around in the dark a bit.
When the lights came up, there were some more riders for the early showcase, the introduction of the event and the opening ceremonies with a host of military in their uniforms of the day and the anthem sung by an Air Force Airman. It was military appreciation night at the stock show.
The rodeo would have a primary event, including bronco riding, bull riding, calf roping, calf wrangling, barrel riding and a rather hilarious portion involving rather young children riding sheep before falling off.
Each main event had smaller events between them, including advertisements, as filler. It was a very right-wing conservative style event, so if you're skittish about prayer and mentions of Jesus, you might not want to attend, but even if you don't believe but can tolerate it, you might have a great time.
I rather enjoyed myself and might go again in April when the next rodeo is scheduled. Below I've posted my photos and a number of videos. Enjoy!