The Wayfaring Band put on their boots and spurs and headed to the 107th annual National Western Stock Show to see the Mexican Rodeo Extravaganza in January of 2013. Tour leaders Andrea Moore, Pavel Reppo, Chris Ardelt, Jane Moore, and Mike Moore wrangled eight band members: Eli, Carter, Zane, Sophie, Nick, Sam, Preston, and Greg showed up at the Coliseum ready for some ropin’ and ridin’ action. Yee-haw!
Thank you ALL again for taking Greg to the stock show – he had a great time and talked about it all the way home. He carefully folded his new purple scarf and said he’s wearing it to camp next summer. You guys are the best!!– Debbie Hauserman, mother
We met on a Sunday afternoon a few hours before the Mexican rodeo, so we had some time to explore the grounds. As one of the world’s largest livestock shows, there’s plenty to see and do! First we walked over to the smaller arena, where we stumbled on an alpaca costume contest. Alpacas and their owners were both dressed up, from head to hoof. We saw Cleopatra lead her gauze-wrapped mummy onto the floor, while Elvis and some pirates waited in the wings. After that we visited the petting zoo, where we had the opportunity to chat with chickens and consider kidnapping some baby goats. Next were the stockyards, where the best bulls and cows are shown off to the masses.
For dinner we chose between burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, and turkey legs. Pavel and Mike went straight for the biggest turkey legs they could find, and we followed these two big brutes to our reserved seats in the main arena, eager for the show to begin. And what a show it was! We enjoyed Mexican folk dancers, Aztec-inspired choreography, Navajo hoop dancers, roping, riding, steer wrestling, and — of course — mutton bustin’. A good time was had by all, and we’re hoping for a stock show reunion tour in 2014. Gracias a todos!