Friday, January 22, 2010

Cowboys, Stockyards & Mutton Bustin'

The National Western Stock Show is a 104 year old Denver tradition and every January, cattle, cowboys, sheep and Rodeo Queens descend upon the National Western complex for 16 days of stock show fun.  We decided to put our boots on (well, I wore boots!) and head to the PRCA Pro Rodeo for our date night this week.  You can wander the grounds and see all of the animals up close before heading to the rodeo.

There are tons of fair food booths where you can get the fried treats everyone looks forward to at the fair.  Truman enjoyed a giant corn dog and we polished off a funnel cake-my favorite fair fare.  I've been in the mood for fresh squeezed lemonade every since!

The rodeo is fast paced and entertaining.  From bucking broncos to calf roping and bull riding, the action changes regularly and there are always new events to see.

The highlight of the rodeo for us was Mutton Bustin'.  Five year olds strap on a vest and a helmet, lay on the back of a sheep, wrap their arms around it's neck, and hold on for dear life as the sheep is released to run around the arena floor.  Laughter filled the rodeo arena as the crowd watched these cute little boys and girls give every ounce of their energy to stay on the sheep.  Some of them strutted their stuff with pride after they fell off.  I have seen Mutton Bustin' before and knew Truman would absolutely love it too.

We had a fun night cheering on the cowboys and cowgirls.  If you live in the Denver area and have never been to the stock show, you definitely need to put it on your calendar for next January!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey there Amber Dawn! Came across your blog and noticed your name is Amber Dawn and thought I'd stop in and say HI since my name is Amber Dawn too! Well, it;s actually Ambrosia Dawn, but I've always just gone by Amber =] You have a super cute blog! Hope your day is BLESSED beyond measure!