Your bucket list for 2014’s greatest show on dirt.
Since 1896, Fort Worth has played host to one of the nation’s greatest livestock events. Capitalizing on its deep attachment to the cattle and horses, ranchers and farmers, and rodeo and horse show events that characterize Fort Worth’s rich, pure western heritage, the city welcomes more than a million patrons during a 23-day run each winter. Come taste this season’s excitements, served in generous quantities January 17 through February 8, and you’ll find out why Fort Worth is where the west begins, and you’ll understand why it’s said about the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo: “This thing is legendary.”
Ten things you must see and do while at the 2014 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.
1. Use “Score It” for rodeo events: this new smartphone application – a first for the rodeo world – allows fans to score rides and guess times during each of the 29 performances of the World’s First Indoor Rodeo.
2. See the best in action: On January 23, the new Fort Worth’s Super Shootout Rodeo presented by Cinch debuts as an elite, event featuring NFR caliber livestock and top-ranked contestants representing the best rodeos in North America – all competing for part of a $100,000 prize.
3. Who knew? You’ll learn fascinating livestock trivia – fun facts, like chickens have earlobes. Check out the new Tails ‘N Tales Farm Show, January 28-30 and February 4-5 in the Cattle Arena, between Cattle Barns 2 and 3.
4. Love a parade? Be downtown on the morning of January 18 for the Fort Worth Stock Show’s All-Western Parade, where more than 100,000 fans line the streets for an impressive parade of horses, wagons and more.
5. Shop like you mean it: Head into the four acres of exhibits spaces to buy everything imaginable, from a tractor, cowhide living room rug, pair of cowboy boots and a new set of kitchen knives to western artwork, a custom saddle and a whole treasure chest of jewelry.
6. Explore the culture: Thanks to Central Market’s “Mooseum” Program, your Stock Show grounds admission ticket also gets you free access during the run of the show to three world-class museums, The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, The Cattle Raisers Museum (inside the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History) and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, all close neighbors in the Cultural District to the Stock Show & Rodeo.
7. All the pretty horses: Grab a seat at one the popular horse shows scattered throughout the Stock Show schedule, including the magnificent Invitational Ranch Horse Show & Sale on January 19 and the beautiful Gypsy Horse Registry of America Show, January 31-February 2.
8. Big money, great cause: During the Junior Show of Champions sale on February 7, the Stock Show Syndicate ensures that millions of dollars are spent at auction to buy from 4-H and FFA youngsters from all over Texas the champion steers, lambs, goats and pigs they’ve raised and shown.
9. Step right up: The six acres of fun just to the east of Will Rogers Coliseum provides thrills aplenty at the Carnival Midway. Board the Ferris wheel, tilt-a-whirl, merry-go-round and the 140-foot high MegaDrop awaits you, as does a smorgasbord of snacks, including turkey legs, funnel cakes, candy apples, popcorn and hot dogs.
10. Eat hearty: You’d need to visit the Stock Show each one of its 23 days to enjoy all the edibles, from the magnificent cinnamon rolls sold inside the exhibits hall and in the cattle barns to the rib eye steaks at Reata at the Rodeo to the burgers at the Stockman’s 24-hour Café – and so very much more.
Enter the “Saddle Up. See Fort Worth” Sweepstakes, now through January 5 at FortWorth.com to win – among several prizes – a Grand Prize that includes a 2-night stay at the Marriott TownePlace Suites Downtown; 4 tickets nightly to Friday-Saturday rodeo performances and to the Midway; a $500 Cabela’s gift certificate; a $100 dinner; and a pair of Justin boots.