DENVER (CBS4) – The National Western Stock Show wrapped up after a record year, packing more than 670,000 people into the complex and bringing in an estimated $100 million.
Plans for the future include making the event even bigger, as a major expansion at the complex is expected to rope in more horses and bigger bucks.READ MORE: CBS4 Fan Poll: What chances do you give Denver at K.C. next week?
Like a sheep dog out of the gates, the National Western Stock Show is on a mission: an expanded 240-acre complex will herd in an estimated $200 million a year — double what it does now.
Paul Andrews, President and CEO of the National Western Stock Show, described the idea of “redeveloping the site that we’re currently on, in a master plan that has 365-days-a-year worth of agricultural, educational, entertainment, the arts.”
The city’s master plan includes a new arena, new stockyards, and an outdoor event center; something most visitors and vendors are looking forward to.
“We don’t have that in Iowa,” said one attendee. “I think it will make it a little bit more competitive for the vendors to be all in the same area instead of spread out so far,” said Terry Ray of Dane’s Western Wear.READ MORE: Community Gathers To Light First Candle On 9-Foot Menorah In Arvada
Marie Kidd, also known as Miss Rodeo Colorado 2015, said, “I think it’s great. I definitely think it’s time to expand the National Western Stock Show, and make it a competitive market for world shows.”
Sheep owner Maryann Cothren displayed a winning sheep.
“He was the junior supreme champion ram down at state fair for my daughter,” she said.
She has been showing sheep like ‘Ammo’ for more than a decade at the century-old complex, “And to think of it with brand new wood, it’s kind of sad, but I would much rather stay here than to go to a whole new place that has no history.”
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The city expects to finalize plans for redevelopment next month, and will also announce a decision on a funding source at that time.