The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is making its 115th appearance starting January 14, 2011. A full schedule of animal performances, music, shows, educational activities, exhibits, and a midway will fill the 23 days of the stock show, which wraps up on February 5.
As the Show says about itself, “This Thing is Legendary,” and it has a spot in the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.
What will you find at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo?
As the name states, there will be a rodeo, with bull riding, bronc riding, roping, wrestling, and riding; and there’s a livestock show, too, with all kinds of live animals. There will be animal shows featuring goats, pigeons, horses, and dogs, among others. Don’t miss the celebrity goat milking (there’s also a milking parlor), and the goat creative costume contest.
If watching others having fun isn’t your style, you can have some of your own at the midway, full of rides from a calm merry-go-round, Ferris wheel or slide, to the more exciting 140-foot Mega Drop, or the Tilt-A-Whirl.
If you like music, there’s plenty of that available; in fact, the Rodeo Roadhouse and Coors Light Stage is open every night after the rodeo performance, and it’s free with a regular grounds admission, a current-day rodeo ticket or a souvenir pin.
Live entertainment will give visitors a chance to have a drink, take a turn or two on the dance floor, or just sit and relax. With more than 30 featured performers, including Mark Powell & Lariat, the Texas Roundup Band, Memphis Soul, Trio Loco, Lantana, Jody Nix, and Texas Renegade, there’s sure to be a sound for everyone’s musical taste.
Speaking of taste, it wouldn’t be the midway, or a good time, without plenty of food. And as you’ll find in every carnival, food abounds at the Livestock Show: carnival-style food. Popcorn, funnel cake, and giant turkey legs. Bring wet naps or something similar; those turkey legs are good, but they can be greasy!
Educational activities include Planet Agriculture, an interactive display that teaches about animal by-products, and will demonstrate cotton being ginned; Ag Magic, a magic show; A petting zoo, which will allow children to get up close and personal with animals they might not otherwise have the opportunity to see or interact with; and the FFA Children’s barnyard, where lots of baby animals will be on hand.
If you want to see the All Western Parade, you need to be downtown at 11 am Saturday, January 15. Miniature Horse Halter and Performance Classes are being held Sunday, January 30 at 9 am, and the last event of the show is the World’s Original Indoor Rodeo, at 7:30 pm on Saturday, February 5.
In between you’ll also find the Ballet Folklorico de Ft.Worth, the Texas Girls Choir, the Best of Mexico Celebracion, and Military Appreciation Day (Monday, January 31).
The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo opens January 14, and runs through February 5, 2011. It is located at 3400 Burnett Tandy Drive in Fort Worth.
Visit the Fort Worth Stock Show website for a complete list of daily activities, Rodeo Roadhouse performances, prices, and schedule. For more information call 817-877-2400; the ticket office phone number is 817-877-2420.
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo