National Western Stock Show champions celebrated their achievements with a traditional afternoon tea party

In a longstanding tradition spanning 78 years, businessmen and bovines met for an afternoon tea, as champion steers from the National Western Stock Show take center stage at one of Denver’s iconic hotels.

Guests came from all over the world and made reservations weeks in advance to be part of the spectacle. That includes more than 1,000 people lined up for the chance to take a picture with this year’s winners.

The Grand Champion Steer came from South Dakota and a steer from Iowa secured this year’s Reserve Grand Champion.