Since I’ve popped in and out of the National Western Stock Show all week, we decided to look into days of Stock Shows past in another of Denverite’s favorite places, the Denver Public Library’s Western History Collection.
Inside I discovered images that felt familiar. And then it hit me.
These snapshots of America’s agricultural adolescence could have come right out of “Napoleon Dynamite,” which might ring true for you, too, if you’re of a certain age.
There’s good reason for this. Director Jared Hess has said that his inspiration for his characters came right out of his own hometown of Preston, Idaho. And then, of course, there’s the fact that the Stock Show is the Superbowl of livestock events, attracting America’s future famers from all over the country since its founding more than a century ago.