National Western Stock Show draws at least a half million visitors
“She’s already eaten, but she is a curious one,” Frank Silva said. Ruby is one of 80 head of Highland cattle Silva keeps at a corral and pasture location near Dacono in southwest Weld County. He has raised the breed — originally known as Scottish Highlanders — since 1991 and also has some pastured near Lochbuie near his Keenesburg home, as well as in Kimball, Neb., and at Castle Rock. In all, he said he has between 160-170 head.
Silva and his son, Jesse, who lives in Evans, will take a dozen head to the National Highland Show at the National Western Stock Show, which begins its 101st edition Saturday in Denver. The National Western is among the largest livestock shows in the world and draws more than half a million visitors each year.
The National Highland Show, one of about 20 cattle shows, he said, will draw more than 200 head from around the country, making it the third-largest breed show at the National Western.
There are also several horse shows at the stock show’s events center, part of the complex at Interstate 70 and Brighton Boulevard in north Denver. There are also market shows for 4-H and FFA members in goats, lambs, hogs and beef cattle.