You know you live in the west when one of the state's largest revenue generators is called the "National Western Stock Show". We go every year because Cory gets free tickets from work. Because under no other circumstances would I go to tour cattle trailers, pet goats, or get a hat signed by the owner of a used car dealership. But for free? Hey kids, check out the nards on THAT thing!
Except this is the great lie of the free stock show tickets. It costs $6 for a hot dog that you wouldn't even serve in a homeless shelter and $8 for your kid to layer colored dirt into a glass bottle. BUT, we did get to stand a couple feet away from Miss Rodeo USA on her Clydesdale and it IS one of the last remaining places where one can wear Wranglers without getting beat up.
If you wanna call that a bright side.