Jan 172011
Authors: Allison Sylte

Saturday’s CSU Day at the National Western Stock Show, Rodeo and Horse Show was the 23rd CAM the Ram’s first large event, but according to ram handlers, he handled the day like a seasoned pro, standing stock still as hundreds of CSU fans clamored for his attention.

“CAM got a lot of action today. It’s probably the busiest day that I’ve had with CAM by far,” said Alex Kappert, a ram handler and CSU junior agricultural sciences major. “He’s been very calm, and everyone has seemed really happy to see him here.”

There were 750 tickets sold to CSU alumni for the event and countless other fans sported green and gold as they wandered through Denver’s National Western Complex, enjoying a day that honored CSU’s agricultural roots.

Numerous CSU students, alumni and administrators were prominently featured over the course of the day, with CSU sponsoring a rodeo and mutton busting competition.

The most popular CSU attraction was the Agricultural Adventure Exhibit, which connected CSU agriculture students with school-aged children, taking them through the process of agricultural production.

“It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to teach children about agriculture, and it seems to be quite a popular event as well,” said Elisa Sagehorn, a junior agricultural sciences major and national collegiate agricultural ambassador. “Agricultural illiteracy is becoming a real problem, and it’s a fabulous opportunity to connect with thousands of students.”

Eight to 10 CSU students volunteer at the exhibit per day, with a total of 25 students being involved overall.

“The stock show is a great opportunity for CSU students to put agriculture into practice,” Sagehorn said.

For CSU alumni, the day was an opportunity to reconnect with their alma mater.

“We sold 100 more tickets this year than last year, and last year we sold 100 more tickets than the year before that,” said CSU alumnus Paul Wolansky. “Plenty of people make CSU Day an annual tradition, and this really says a lot about CSU’s amazing fans.”

The National Western Stock Show and Rodeo is running at the National Western Complex in Denver until Sunday, Jan. 23. Tickets can be purchased online at www.nationalwestern.com, King Soopers and on-site at the stock show.

Assistant News Editor Allison Sylte can be reached at news@collegian.com.

Go the Rodeo

  • What: The National Western Stock Show and Rodeo
  • Where: The National Western Complex in Denver
  • When: Every day until Jan. 23
  • Want to go? Tickets can be purchased at www.national
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