Tri-State’s connections to the National Western Stock Show

_DSC2875-250Tri-State G&T and its Touchstone Energy member cooperatives have supported the National Western Stock Show (NWSS), which runs Jan. 10 – 25 in Denver, Colo., for the last 17 years. The relationship between the NWSS participants and Tri-State’s electric cooperative members thrives because of the electricity the co-ops provide to rural America. Many of the livestock exhibitors and rodeo contestants participating in the NWSS live in rural America, and either receive their power from, or work for, a Tri-State member co-op.

One example of a connection between the NWSS and Tri-State’s electric co-ops can be traced to Bill Midcap, who serves on the board of directors for Morgan County REA, one of Tri-State’s co-op members, and is president of the board for the Colorado Rural Electric Association (CREA). Midcap has strong connections to the NWSS through his grandchildren’s participation.

Kolby, Midcap’s 13-year-old grandson, has shown steers in the NWSS for the last three years. Kolby’s 10-year-old sister, Bradie, will present steers for the second year in a row this year and his brother, Casey, age 8, will show for the first time in the open prospect heifer classification. The children’s family lives in Wray, Colo., and their home’s electricity is supplied by Y-W Electric Association, a Tri-State member co-op.

Another NWSS connection will be evident as plenty of Highline Electric Association (HEA) employees cheer on one of their own as he performs at the Jan. 12 rodeo. Dan Kafka, the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA)/telecom supervisor at HEA, a Tri-State co-op, has the honor of singing the National Anthem that night with his barbershop quartet, Equally Delinquent. Equally Delinquent is registered with the Rocky Mountain District of the Barbershop Harmony Society and their home chorus is the Cowboy Capital Chorus in Ogallala, Neb.

Chimney Rock PPD, another Tri-State member, touts its connection to the NWSS as its consumer Riley Pruitt will compete in calf roping during two Pro Rodeos on Jan. 24 in the tie-down roping events. Pruitt lives in Gehring, Neb. and lives within Chimney Rock PPD’s service territory.

Tri-State congratulates all exhibitors and competitors in the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo.

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