National Western Stock Show ~ Celebrating 107 Years! 5

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January is a very special month in Denver. With frigid temps and snow covered peaks, Cowboys and Cowgirls from all over the state and beyond come together to celebrate the National Western Stock Show. For two weeks each January, the National Western showcases the best of the west including: Pro Rodeo, PBR, Draft Horses, Dancing Horses, Grand Prix, Wild West Show, Super Dogs, Mutton Bustin’, Coors Western Art Show & Sale and so much more! Below is a selection of my photographs of bull riders,  bareback riders, saddle bronc riders, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, team roping, woman’s barrel racing and the Westernaires! This was my first attempt at photographing the Pro Rodeo and PBR. To enlarge, click on the photo. I welcome your comments!

Pro Rodeo

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Timeline

“See how the National Western Stock Show has changed over the years by browsing our timeline from 1899 to 2010. Here are some excerpts”

1906
First show opened on Monday January 29 and ran for six days. Attendance was estimated at 15,000 and the Grand Champion steer sold for 33 cents a pound, 23 cents over the market price!
1931
The 25th National Western presented the first Rodeo in conjunction with the Livestock and Horse Show.
1954
The Westernaires made their first appearance at the Rodeo.
1981
The show increased to 12 days and included 21 Rodeo performances. A still-standing record of $301,000 was paid at auction for a Hereford bull.
2006
National Western celebrates its 100th anniversary! The show’s attendance reached 726,972 for the 16-day show and the grand champion steer   sold for $75,000 or $58 per pound!

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PBR Bull Riding

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Rocky Mountain Raptor Program

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Photo source: Anna Sullivan Photography

Colorado RV Adventure Travel Show 6

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Exactly one year ago this past Saturday, it all started. Hub’s and I always had a dream to travel the country in an RV with our best “fur” friend, Milo (RIP). We talked about it for years and of course, life treks on and sometimes your dreams get put on the back burner. But, it was different that particular day. We attended the Colorado RV show and have never looked back. That was a life changing day. The kind of day where you feel you are at a cross roads. We decided to take the road that lead us to our Beatrice! We toured the show for about 4 hours. It was pretty exciting touring the various styles RV’s from Motorcoaches to Travel Trailers and all the SOB’s (some other brands) in between. Looks like the 5th Wheels and Toy Haulers are the main attractions.

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Finally we were about done and ready to go home and as we were walking out of the show we spotted the aluminum peanuts, the Airstream Travel Trailers. We walked into a 27’FB International Serenity and that was it. It hit us like a ton of bricks. It was my Oprah “Ah Ha” moment. The moment that I had been waiting for ~ we were “HOME”!!!! So, that is how it all began. One year ago this past weekend and the rest is history. Months of research, blogging, joining the AirForums, meeting folks at the local DenCO Unit and attending rallies all aided us in our decision to finally purchase our Beatrice last October. Move ahead to this past weekend and we had to attend the RV show again. I feel like it’s our anniversary, a must-attend event each year now. Since we were not in the market for an RV this year, it was more for fun and to see if there were new products out there that we hadn’t discovered yet. Below are some of the highlights of the show and of course, the Airstreams that Windish RV had on display. The show had just about any RV you could imagine from this tiny camper…

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To the big boys….

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I enjoyed meeting Amanda Mullins from Grass Haven Outdoor. Grass Haven is a brand new company out of Boulder, CO offering lots of fun items to outfit your rig for some fun summertime activities plus recipes, tips and tricks, camping etiquette, camping attire and so much more. Worth checking out for sure! “Grasshaven Outdoor. The name pretty much says it all—a heavenly haven where the comforts of home meet the beauty of nature.”

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We stopped by the booth of Camp Here Gear! This is a brand new company based out of Loveland, Colorado offering fun RV camping designs on everything from T Shirts to Aprons to Stickers. He promised me they would come up with an Airsteam design soon!

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One of the nicest, most spacious Class B Plus RV’s we saw is this 2013, Unity by Leisure Travel Vans. Ron Griffith of Intermountain Coach showed us this Murphy Bed style coach and it was very impressive. It was extremely spacious, the hardwoods were top-notch, corian counter tops, one slide-out and the most perfect bathroom set up. If you have been looking for a Class B look no further than this Mercedes van. It’s a 10 in my book!!

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Dura-Tent offers a nifty product to help keep your food “bug and bee free”. Larger and more user-friendly than the typical food nets that only cover one dish. Dura-Tent will cover a buffet size table or the smaller version will cover enough dishes for a couple campers. And it folds up into a tiny package for storing.

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Even Jeep had a cute little camper while Ford showed off an embellished model truck…

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The Hitch Corner attended our local DenCO Unit luncheon last weekend. They also had a booth at the RV show. The Hitch Corner provides hitches, hitch accessories, bikes/cargo racks, RV and camping equipment and so much more.

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And last but, certainly not least ~ the Airstreams!!! Windish RV had a nice selection of Airstream models from a 16′ to a 27’FB. If interested in any RV from Windish please consider contacting Zach Shaw at 800-748-3778  or zshaw@windishrv.com. Zach will take very good care of you!! And for excellent service/repair in the Colorado region, contact Dave Baldini at dbaldini@windishrv.com

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A couple views of our Colorado Convention Center in downtown Denver……

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Photo source: Anna Sullivan Photography

Alumafandango Lakeside 2012 ~ Part 2 13

The inaugural Alumafandango event was held last week at Lakeside Amusement Park near Denver, CO. The event drew approximately 80 Airstreams both new and vintage models from across the county. We met so many wonderful people last week at Alumafandango! As I mentioned in my post yesterday, Airstreamers truly are a great bunch of people. No one is a stranger in the Airstream community and these rallies really prove that.

Laura D. invited Hub’s and me to join her and a very fun group at “The Breezeway” for a cocktail and conversation. Loved this gathering place in-between two Airstreams where we met new friends and fellow bloggers: Laura and Kevin from Riveted, Tiffani and Deke from Weaselmouth and Kyle from Where is Kyle Now? Another blogger who isn’t pictured here is Dan and Marlene from Mali Mish. All very fun blogs about travel, adventures, gadgets and more all written from their Airstreams. Worth a peek!!

Shari and Rob D’s immaculate and darling “Birdie” was the highlight of one of my favorite Alumafandango events: “Open House”! Streamers open the doors to their mobile homes for all to step inside, ask lots of questions and take many photos. Thanks to everyone who participated in the open house. My favorite event for sure!!

Various other “Open House” Airstreams at Alumafandango…………………..

Lakeside Amusement Park, during the day when it was very quiet…………

I enjoyed a roundtable seminar lead by Rich Luhr from Man In The Maze on Blogging. Leading the discussion was Where is Kyle Now?, Weaselmouth and Riveted.

Friday evening was the very anticipated “Ride Night” where Alumafandango participants had unlimited classic amusement park ride access. I believe the “Kid” was brought out of many ‘Streamers!!

Future Airstream Rallies:

February 2013 in Tucson, AZ ~ Alumafiesta

June 2013 in Jackson Center, OH ~ Alumapalooza

Photo source: Anna Sullivan Photography

Alumafandango Lakeside 2012 ~ Part 1 5

Last week, we attended an amazing Airstream rally at Lakeside Amusement Park near Denver, Colorado called Alumafandango. Sponsored by Airstream Life Magazine and Timeless Travel Trailers, folks arrived in their vintage and new Airstreams traveling from across the country to attend the festivities. For all my non-Airstream followers, rallies are a really big deal in the Airstream community. All over the US, local Airstream clubs host smaller, local rallies throughout the year. The first rally I attended and posted about here in Texas was a great introduction into the Airstream world. But, Alumafandango is more of a National rally. Five full days of fun, sharing, seminars, dinners, contests and more ~ bringing old friends together and almost all participants will drive away having made many new friends alike.

I must admit that I have never met a nicer group of people than Airstreamers. They all share my wanderlust for travel, they are so willing to share information and answer all sorts of “wanna be” questions and then they open their Airstream homes and invite you in to take a peek. Airstreamers like to have fun and fun they had last week in Denver!

Jim and Vicki O’s 1966 Vintage Airstream

Timeless Travel Trailers in Wheat Ridge, CO hosted several tours of their workshop so guests could see current projects and methods of restoring Airstreams and other travel trailers. Here are some of the highlights including Brett Hall, President of Timeless, speaking to the crowd:

Dale “Pee Wee” Schwamborn, Wally Byam’s first cousin once removed, hosted an interesting seminar on Wally’s history and contribution to Airstreaming!

Yvonne Savage of Garden Party lead a seminar about “Landscaping Your Airstream”. Lots of fun items for sale to Glamp-up your Glamper.

Dusty Dog Studio ceramic artist and owner, Corrine Vegter, showcased many of her hand-made, one-of-a-kind Airstream ceramics along with super cool T-shirts and other fun ‘Streaming products.

I fell in love with Judith and Tim S’s ~ 23′ Airstream. Judith is an interior designer from Santa Fe and her Airstream is divine. You can see some of her amazing work at Studio Judith (the 4th photo down was taken by Judith of her Airstream interior seating area).

Various other Airstream sights at Alumafandango. Check back with me tomorrow for Part 2, more photos and more Airstream peeps to introduce you to!

Photo source: Anna Sullivan Photography