For the 72nd year in a row, the National Western Stock Show’s champion steers strolled right into the atrium of The Brown Palace Hotel and presided over Afternoon Tea.
Presided here means they graciously accepted petting and licked a few faces.
The prize-winning, 18-month-old steers are owned by Lillie Skiles and Mikal Grady who told us the grand champion is named FU and the reserve grand champion is named BFF.
The National Western Stock Show website says the grand champion — who hails from Dalhart, Texas — is named Fu, but we’re going with the more delightful answer Skiles gave us. She is the owner, after all.
All of the proceeds from VIP luncheon happening while the steer were in house will benefit There With Care, a nonprofit that supports Colorado families and children facing medical crises.