Another wild ride: 113th annual National Western Stock Show

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The 113th annual National Western Stock Show came to a close Jan. 27.

As they do each January, hundreds of thousands of people attended the event in Denver during its more-than-two-week run — which included rodeos, demonstrations and the chance to see prize-winning livestock.

A prize-winning steer was auctioned for a record-setting amount Jan. 25. Ames Construction Company made a winning bid of $150,000 for the Grand Champion Steer at Friday night’s auction of junior competitors’ livestock.

Kutter Bland, a 17-year-old from Idalou High School in Slaton, Texas showed the 1,339-pound steer.

Overall, the auction sales of eight champion animals totaled $480,000. That included the Grand Champion Hog, which sold for $70,000, and the Reserve Grand Champion steer, which sold for $90,000. Stock show officials say the auction proceeds support young exhibitors as they plan for college and future agricultural work.

For many, the highlight of the stock show was the Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza on Jan. 13. The event featured dancers, bull riding, bareback riding and more.

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