National Western Stock Show president sees success in first year after COVID – CBS Denver
DENVER (CBS4) – As another January in Colorado draws to a close, so does another National Western Stock Show in Denver. After missing the 2021 deal due to COVID-19, Chairman and CEO Paul Andrews says he’s happy 2022 went off without a hitch.
“(It’s) a sigh of relief that we’ve been able to successfully host a National Western Stock Show,” he said.
It wasn’t a walk in the park though. The city of Denver imposed a mask mandate for the event. Something Andrews says their competitors didn’t have to deal with and ultimately required extra planning.
“We had to handle it carefully and people seemed to rise to the occasion,” he said.
He says the rise of omicron just before they opened made things even more difficult. In addition to masking, disinfection stations were prominently displayed throughout the grounds. He says it may have also kept attendees away, either because they were sick or because they didn’t want to risk getting sick. Fortunately, he was able to keep his staff relatively safe from the virus.
“Fortunately, we only had about six staff who were out due to COVID protocols out of 550,” Andrews said.
As of the Friday before closing, cumulative attendance was 494,145. That’s a drop of 112,236 people from 2020 when they saw 606,381 people over the same period. Andrews said he expects the past weekend to catch up to those numbers, but either way he considers this year’s event a success.
“If you had told me before Stock Show we would have over 500,000 people, maybe 600,000 people here, I would have said we would take this all day,” Andrews said.