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Every winter, Fort Worth celebrates its largest annual event: the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. This thing is legendary! The stock show and rodeo has been held for 121 years straight from mid-January through early February. It not only is a staple of entertainment for Fort Worth residents, but it also brings in people from all over Texas and the world. In addition to the stock show and the rodeo, the event also includes a midway and other entertainment, shopping and dining venues, and educational presentations. If you will be in Fort Worth during January or February, take an afternoon or evening to experience the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo with your family. This unique event is the definition of Texas-style family fun. This article will tell you everything you need to know to get the most out of your trip to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.
There are two major parts of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo: the stock show and the rodeo. Let’s discuss the stock show first. A stock show is similar to a dog show, except that it involves cows, pigs, sheep, goats, and other farm animals. The other distinguishing factor of stock shows is that the animals are shown by middle school and high school age kids. Usually, these kids are showing their animals as part of their involvement in either 4H or FFA (Future Farmers of America).
Some people visit the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo and only attend the rodeo. I recommend, though, that you arrive a little bit early and see some of the stock show. You can walk through all of the barns where the show animals are housed and see the kids getting their animals ready for judging. You can go into the show arena areas and watch the actual shows. There are many of them because there are a few different shows for each breed of animal. It is fascinating to watch these kids handle their animals and see the differences between them. It is also fun for kids to be able to see these animals up close. Boston really enjoys seeing all of the turkeys, chickens, and rabbits.
The rodeo is, by far, the highlight of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. During the run of the event, there is at least one rodeo each day. Most weekends, there will be two daily rodeos, a matinee showing and a nightly showing. You will need to buy rodeo tickets in advance. Many shows sell out. Your rodeo ticket includes admission into the fairgrounds. You can buy rodeo tickets from the box office directly. Rodeo tickets range from $20-28.
The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is a professional rodeo with professional competitors. It is held in the Will Rogers Coliseum, which is a small venue. This means that there is not a bad seat in the house. The rodeo includes bull riding, barrel racing, chuck wagon races, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping, and several other events. The rodeo clowns are also present to entertain the crowd while keeping the cowboys safe. One of my favorite parts of the rodeo is the grand entry, where Fort Worth dignitaries, rodeo participants, and other locals parade through the arena on horseback to start the rodeo. It is a great way to get you excited about the rodeo you are about to witness. Kids of all ages seem to love the rodeo. Boston has a blast every time we take him.
Like I mentioned above, in addition to the stock show and rodeo, there is also other entertainment for you to enjoy. The most visible option is the midway, which includes carnival style rides and games. These are all available at an additional charge. There is also a petting zoo for kids to enjoy. Usually, you will find live music on the fairgrounds as well. Of course, these entertainment options are all in addition to the two headliners: the stock show and the rodeo.
Shopping and Dining
You will find a wide variety of shopping and dining options at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. You can buy anything from pillow cases to horse trailers at the Stock Show and Rodeo. If you want to dress more like a cowboy or cowgirl, you can find hats, boots, ropes, belts, and country-style clothing right there on the spot. Many local stores around Fort Worth have booths at the Stock Show and Rodeo which allows you to preview their merchandise all in one place.
There are also many dining options at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. You will find standard festival style foods such as cotton candy, caramel apples, and corn dogs. You can also get barbecue, hamburgers, and other Texas classic dishes that are heartier and more filling if you prefer. One of Fort Worth’s high-end restaurants, Reata, opens a remote location at the Stock Show and Rodeo each year. Reata’s food is absolutely delicious!
The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo exists not only to entertain people, but also to educate them on various aspects of farming and country life. You will find a variety of classes and presentations throughout the event. These presentations are aimed at different ages and interests. There is a miniature horse class, an exhibit to teach kids where their food comes from, and cooking demonstrations to name just a few. This year, we stumbled upon a unique presentation: a milking demonstration presented by Southwest Dairy Farms. Boston loves milk, and he was fascinated with this presentation which taught you all about dairy farms. They also showed an actual dairy cow being milked. He loved it and learned a lot from the 3o-minute class. The Stock Show and Rodeo is a great place to expose your kids to a lifestyle that they may have never seen before. It’s also a wonderful way to teach them about the world in a fun and interactive approach.
The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is a legendary event that happens annually in January and February. It is a huge part of the Fort Worth social calendar and is a tradition for many families in the area. During your visit, you can be entertained by the kids showing their livestock and the professional cowboys competing in the rodeo. You can also pick up some country accessories and eat some fabulous food. Spend some time exploring the various buildings and barns. You never know what type of educational opportunities you will stumble into. It is a wonderful place for your children to learn about agriculture and its importance to our daily lives. The Stock Show and Rodeo provides a lot of family fun at a very reasonable price. I hope you take time to experience the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo with your family. Happy travels!