One thing National Western Stock Show is known for is drawing good, friendly people. This chilly, snowy morning during the Hereford Pen Shows was no exception.
Two gentlemen, and complete strangers, were seated next to each other watching the female Hereford Pen Show. Howard Smith asked Rod Gierau how long he’d been coming to the National Western. Gireau, from Springview, Nebraska, proudly said he’s been coming to National Western since 1958 and has missed two show since then.
Gireau said he’s seen a lot of changes since 1958, and what he most enjoys about National Western every year is getting to see all the friends he’s made over the years. In the past, Gireau has shown cattle on the hill and the yards in addition to buying and selling cattle. Today, as a “Hereford man,” Gireau is enjoying watching spending his day watching the Hereford pens.
Smith, who is coming up on 86 years old, said he’s been to the National Western for 27 years in a row.
“You get to make a lot of cattle friends that you wouldn’t find in any other place,” Smith said. “I like the good people and cattle I get to see here.”