National Western prize-winning steers FU and BFF visit the Brown Palace

For the 72nd year in a row, the National Western Stock Show’s champion steer strolled right into the atrium of The Brown Palace Hotel and presided over Afternoon Tea.

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National Western Stock Show tea time at the Brown Palace. Jan. 20, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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National Western Stock Show tea time at the Brown Palace. Jan. 20, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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.

FU the prize-winning National Western Stock Show steer at tea time at the Brown Palace. Jan. 20, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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FU, the prize-winning National Western Stock Show steer, at tea time at the Brown Palace. Jan. 20, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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.

Mikal Grady (15, left) and Lillie Skiles, owners of the first and second place National Western Stock Show prize-winning steers. Tea time at the Brown Palace. Jan. 20, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Mikal Grady (15, left) and Lillie Skiles, owners of the first and second place National Western Stock Show prize-winning steers. Tea time at the Brown Palace. Jan. 20, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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.