For the past 18 years, Tri-State and its Touchstone Energy member cooperatives have supported the National Western Stock Show, which wrapped up Jan. 24 in Denver, Colo. This year saw strong attendance, with 686,745 visitors enjoying the 16 days’ worth of events and making it the second-highest overall attendance in stock show history.
Touchstone Energy Cooperatives once again participated in the hitch ride, with attendees including Ellen Connor, Tri-State’s senior vice president of organizational services; Gary Small, executive director of Colorado 4H Foundation; Kaila Thieman, Colorado State FFA Officer; and Barbara Walz, Tri-State’s senior vice president of policy & compliance.
Considering the population that receives its electricity from Tri-State member systems is primarily located in rural areas, support of the stock show aligns well with their way of life. Three stock show events fund the National Western Scholarship Trust – and produce enough revenue to fund approximately 80 scholarships throughout Colorado and Wyoming for students studying in the fields of agriculture and rural medicine.
Tri-State congratulates all exhibitors and competitors in the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo.