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It’s year-end already – hard to believe. As you can imagine, Stock Show planning is full speed ahead on all fronts. I don’t think there’s a better time to showcase the work and mission of the National Western than during the Stock Show; nor is there a better time to see firsthand why we need new and expanded facilities.
There’s no hiding it: the Complex is old – not as old as the Stock Show itself, which will celebrate 113 years in 2019, but old – with many of its buildings dating back more than a half century. Fresh coats of paint can only do so much! Outside, there’s a lot more space for cattle than people, and even that’s becoming a tight squeeze. The Complex’s footprint has expanded haphazardly and it’s landlocked. These shortcomings have eroded the National Western Complex’s utility and attractiveness, and with that, its potential cultural, educational and economic benefit to the region during the 349 days a year the Stock Show isn’t happening.