The famed National Western Stock Show is underway in Denver this week, but recent snowstorms are keeping some away from the annual showcase of ranching life.
One family says they spent four days digging through 12 and 15 foot snow drifts to get from their ranch near the town of Elizabeth, just 35 miles from Denver, to get to the main road. Those ranchers made it to the show, but said they almost decided against it, faced with a long drive hauling cattle on slick roads.
Others from southeastern Colorado's ranching community are still hunting for lost cattle and digging out from deep snows.
The annual Stock Show is considered one of the country's premier livestock showcases. This year's event is expected to draw more than 700,000 visitors.
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