DENVER (CBS4) – It’s a 71-year tradition at the Brown Palace Hotel– tea with the Grand Champion Steer.

The National Western Stock Show features their prized bull in the middle of the formal dining room.

The Grand Champion Steer at the Brown Palace (credit: CBS)

The Grand Champion Steer at the Brown Palace (credit: CBS)

Grand Champion Remy and the runner up Moses posed for pictures with the guests while rodeo royalty signed autographs. Remy brought in $117,000.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

It was a special moment for Macey Goretska, 16, who raised the prize-winning steer.

“It’s hard to explain, the kind of bond you have with cattle … it’s special,” she said.

Macey gets 90 percent of the winning bid, and 10 percent of all winning bids goes to scholarships for students studying agriculture and rural medicine.

According to the Denver Post, the top eight winners brought in $412,000 on Friday, an all-time high.

Moses the runner up and Remy the Grand Champion Steer (credit: CBS)

Moses the runner up and Remy the Grand Champion Steer (credit: CBS)

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