Giddy up and get to CSU Day at the Stock Show Jan. 17

It’s time to dust off your boots and get ready for the Western extravaganza of the year. Save money now on tickets to CSU Day at the National Western Stock Show on Saturday, Jan. 17.

Colorado State University has a long and storied connection to the National Western Stock Show – beginning with 600 students arriving with their livestock at the first Stock Show in 1906.

CSU Day at the Stock Show is a celebration of Western heritage and Ram pride. Enjoy free CSU giveaways and pictures with CAM the Ram. The discounted $17-$22 rodeo ticket includes entry to the Stock Show grounds, the 11 a.m. Pro Rodeo, mutton bustin’ competitions, entertainment and more.

Save a total of $8.50 per ticket ($4 off the ticket price and $4.50 off the service fee) when you attend the 11 a.m. Rodeo on CSU Day Saturday, Jan. 17. To purchase tickets, visit For more information, call (303) 376-2121 or e-mail The Stock Show is held at the Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt St., Denver.

New CSU head football coach Mike Bobo and members of the CSU Board of Governors will kick off the 11 a.m. rodeo with an entrance on the National Western Stock Show’s stagecoach. CSU volleyball players also will be featured at the rodeo on CSU Day in honor of the team’s Mountain West Conference victory and appearance in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament this year.

While at the Stock Show, plan to stop by the CSU exhibit booths on the second and third floors of the Hall of Education for information on academic programs and athletics, CSU giveaways and more.

National Western Partners Breakfast Saturday, Jan. 17

As part of CSU Day at the Stock Show, the university will host the National Western Partners Breakfast in Denver. CSU President Tony Frank will welcome business and industry leaders and give an overview of the National Western Center Redevelopment partnership with the university. As a part of the event, a roundtable discussion will be held focused on a new CSU study, “The Emergence of an Innovation Cluster in the Agricultural Value Chain along Colorado’s Front Range.” The study identifies trends in innovation as well as factors that position Colorado’s Front Range for the emergence and growth of an innovation-led industry cluster in the agriculture and food system. The panel will feature Kathay Rennels, associate vice president for Engagement at CSU; Randy Blach, CEO CattleFax; Gregory Graff, associate professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at CSU; and Doug Johnson, vice president, Innosphere.

Visit the CSU booth throughout the Stock Show

CSU also will have a presence throughout the Stock Show, Jan. 10-25. The CSU exhibit booths will be staffed during the entire 16 days of the Stock Show, by exhibitors including Colorado State Forest Service, CSU Extension, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, CSU’s Vice President for Research, CSU’s Seedstock Merchandising Team, Online Plus, 4-H, Alumni Association, College of Agricultural Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts.
Prices offered through CSU are not available to the general public. In addition to the CSU Day discount of $8.50 off, you can also receive a $2 discount for tickets purchased for other Stock Show dates. Tickets must be purchased online through the National Western Stock Show link, or by phone at 303-295-2979. Enter promo code NWSSCSU for the discount. Discounts are not available at the Stock Show Box Office.

Ag Adventure

CSU’s Ag Adventure is an interactive exhibit created in conjunction with several Colorado commodity groups that teaches children about where their food comes from. The exhibit, located next to the CSU booth, includes information from the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Farm Bureau and commodity groups such as beef, dairy, eggs, potatoes, corn, wheat and honey producers. This year, 4-H’s Cowboy Ethics will be a part of the Ag Adventure exhibit.

Guided tours are offered by 4-H agents from Adams, Jefferson, Broomfield, Denver, Arapahoe, Douglas and Boulder counties to about 20,000 school-aged children from the Denver metro area during the weekdays and other busy times, but self-guided tours are also available during off-hours. In all, more than 70,000 people visited Ag Adventure last year.

4-H Day at the Stock Show Friday, Jan. 16

Friday, Jan. 16, has been designated as 4-H Day at the NWSS. Each year on 4-H Day, the 15-member State 4-H Officer team attends the stock show and rodeo. From 9 a.m. until the afternoon rodeo performance, State Officers and State 4-H staff are available at the CSU booth to answer questions about 4-H and hand out free giveaways, including clover tattoos.

Seedstock Merchandising Team

The CSU Seedstock Merchandising Team, a select group of eight undergraduate students, will be competing at the National Western Stock Show with two pens of cattle. The students selected these cattle from the 2014-born calf crop produced at CSU’s Agricultural Research, Development, and Education Center in Fort Collins. Since selecting them this fall, the team has been developing and preparing these cattle for the upcoming show. The team will have cattle at the Stock Show Jan. 10-17, including CSU Day. During that time, students will host a CSU booth in "the yards.” The team will host a free lunch in the CSU yard pens on Thursday, Jan. 15, at noon and will show their cattle on Friday, Jan. 16, beginning at 8 a.m. (heifers) and 9:30 a.m. (bulls).

CSU part of master plan for National Western Center

The university has been one of the partners in a reimagining of the National Western Complex. In coordination with the National Western Stock Show, the City and County of Denver, History Colorado and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, CSU is part of a process to redevelop the Stock Show Complex and surrounding areas in north Denver as a year-round center for lifelong learning, competition, commerce and the arts. After a year-long planning phase, the master plan was released for public comment on Dec. 18.

Information on the plan and how to provide comments will be available at the Complex throughout the Stock Show and at the City’s North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative website. For more information about the redevelopment of the Stock Show Complex, visit