Welcome to Western National Roundup


Roundup At-a-Glance

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Jan 2020 Results:

View all results on the January 2020 Results Page

Jan 2020 Photos:

January 2020 Collection - containing all the albums from January 2020, or go to the photos page for links to separate albums

Jan 2020 Press Release

Post-event press release 2020.pdf Post-event press release 2020.docx

Congratulations on qualifying to attend the Western National Roundup. During Western National Roundup, you will have the opportunity to...

  • Establish new friendships with fellow 4-H and FFA members and leaders.
  • Participate in social and educational programs by being a participant, not a spectator.
  • Experience and develop greater personal growth.
  • Continue to develop leadership and citizenship skills.
  • Reach for new career ideas and cultural development in areas of business, agriculture, science, industry, education and the arts.
  • Share personal experiences with others through things that have been meaningful to your growth and development.

Participants' Qualifications:

Full Eligibility Description at www.westernnationalroundup.org/eligibility

Looking ahead to the January 2021 Western National Roundup:

Each contestant must have passed his or her 14th birthday and cannot have passed his or her 19th birthday by January 1st of 2020.

(All qualifying dates are based on January 1st of the qualifying year. For the Western National Roundup held in January 2021, the qualifying year is 2020, and so all dates are based on 1/1/2020: Youth must have had their 14th birthday before 1/1/2020, and must not have had their 19th birthday before 1/1/2020.) For the Western National Roundup being held in January 2021, all participants' birthdays must therefore be between 1/1/2001 and 1/1/2006.


We are pleased that you are participating in the Western National Roundup. Please read the following for a brief introduction to the event.

Mission Statement

Western National Roundup provides a place for youth to compete nationally while encouraging teamwork and self-confidence, and while focusing on the 4-H Mission Mandates: Science, Engineering, Technology, Mathematics, Healthy Living and Citizenship.

Each participating youth and adult participates in one or more contests and/or workshops. While each attendee receives a souvenir commemorating their time at Western National Roundup, individual and team excellence is rewarded at an award brunch and ceremony, building personal pride and reinforcing the benefits of setting goals. Leadership is developed at these events by encouraging decision-making and teamwork skills, critical thinking, and independence. Healthy Living is demonstrated at the workshops, the dances, the educational tours, and through the lifestyle that is shown through each contest.

Educational tours and entertainment provide service learning and community-based learning opportunities, focusing on the importance of each youth's citizenship within his or her team, community, and nation.

Participation in Western National Roundup is open to 4-H and FFA member delegates, volunteer leaders and Extension/FFA professionals approved by their respective state offices. Such participation shall be without regard to sex, race, color, creed, handicap or national origin.

Liability Agreement

By attending Western National Roundup, you acknowledge that this event has certain risks and activities that could possibly be hazardous, and there is a possibility that you could be seriously injured, or even killed. You are voluntarily participating in these activities and/or this event with the knowledge of the danger involved, and agree to assume any and all risk of bodily injury, death, or property damage, whether those risks are known or unknown. By attending Western National Roundup you are not holding Colorado State University, Colorado 4-H Foundation, the Renaissance Hotel, The Holiday Inn, or others responsible for any incident. You are responsible for your own self.

Important dates to remember

Please see the sidebar on the left.


Please Note these Important Registration Details

In order for the entry to be valid, the Official Authorization Form must be printed and signed by the respective State 4-H Director/Leader or State FFA Advisor and mailed in with full payment to the address above by the deadline.

Additionally, the following paperwork is required of each attendee:

Include these when you register.

Finally, the Special Needs Notification Form is requested of participating individuals with special needs.


Full payment must be included with the official authorization form, as well as one CC/MR/MC form and one Informed Consent form for each attendee in your registration packet. Checks should be made payable to Colorado 4-H Foundation.

Cancelation Policy:

All fees and costs associated with any Roundup activity are non-refundable for any reason after November 30, including but not limited to all packages, tours, and additional activities.

Hotel Reservations:

A hotel registration form is posted on the website. December 5 is the deadline for hotel reservations. This is a firm deadline set by the hotel. This form is to be returned directly to the Renaissance Denver Hotel.

Room Billing:

Hotel room charges are the responsibility of each delegation. We suggest that the state coordinator do an early check out Sunday morning to avoid the last minute rush. The hotel will write receipts for those needing them for expense accounts. No out of state tax exemptions are acceptable under Colorado law.


Conference Check-in:

Conference Check-In will be held at conference headquarters at the Renaissance Hotel:

  • Wednesday Arrivals: Check-In between 3:00p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday
  • Thursday Arrivals: Check-In between 9:00a.m. and 4:00p.m. on Thursday.

Late Check-In will be held as needed in the same area. Upon arrival please send one adult to check in your state's entire delegation.


Everyone must attend the orientation offered on Thursday evening (see the Schedule Page for exact times) — Attendance is mandatory as this will be the only opportunity to ask questions, clarify conference procedures and expectations, and receive any schedule revisions. Coaches meetings will follow orientation, as will Youth orientation and mixers.

Medical Forms, Media Release Forms, Code of Conduct Forms

These are required for ALL attendees, youth contestants and guests and adult guests. The registration will not be complete until a complete set of forms for each person is turned in with official authorization form and payment.

Flag Ceremony and State Delegation's Responsibility:

Each state will need to delegate one youth participant to carry their state flag in the opening and closing ceremonies. At Conference registration, please notify the conference staff of that person's name. Flag bearers will need to meet at the registration area on Thursday, at 8:00 p.m. for flag practice.


Event Photographers will be onsite throughout the conference. All of their photos will be available to download for no extra charge. Read more about our photography on the photography page. Please, no photography during State Photos or during Awards/Team Photos.

Exchange Items:

Saturday evening during theme night a Pin Swap will provide time for exchanging pins, stickers, anything representative of your state with other delegates. There are around 800 youth in attendance, but, know each person speaks to around 200 people. Many states send between 100 and 200 items to exchange.

Denver Touring and Shopping:

States wishing to visit Denver and the surrounding area on their own should arrange this prior to Thursday, or after the closing activities, Sunday. You may also check the Denver Visitors Guide for more information.

Collegiate 4-H Volunteers:

Collegiate 4-H members are needed to help each event run smoothly and serve as role models and facilitators to the youth. Please refer to the Collegiates page (linked under "In Depth" at the top, as well as in the footer) for information and an application.

National Western Stock Show:

All Roundup participants will receive a National Western Stock Show pass. This will allow entrance into the NWSS and all participants are welcome and encouraged to attend.

New Roundup Handbook

Handbook-2020 FINAL3.pdf (pdf) contains the information from this page and this web site, plus more, for your convenience.

Roundup Survey link Emailed to Participants


On January 17th we emailed all participants with a request to provide feedback. That email contained the above URL. When you click in your email, the URL will change to docs.google.com/forms with extra characters. We hope you'll provide us with feedback.

Roundup Diamond and Gold Sponsors

Diamond ($10,000 +)

Paul Andrews
National Western Stock Show Association ~ NWSS

Gold ($2,500 - $4,999)

Colorado State University Animal Sciences

Val Novik - Fine Designs


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Next Year Planning

Next Year's Roundup: Jan 6-10, 2021

January 2020's Info