From January 12 through February 3, 2018, more than one million visitors are expected to attend the annual Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. The FWSSR is rated in the top ten largest rodeos in the country. Guests additionally enjoy a carnival, interactive exhibits and close to four acres of shopping.
Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo History (FWSSR)
The first stock show took place during springtime along the banks of Marine Creek in 1896. Another show was held that same year in October and featured the first parade. In 1904, Bill Pickett introduced his bulldogging act during the show.
Ranching skills and Wild West shows became part of the FWSSR. An official rodeo took place during the stock show two years later. By 2013, 157,800 spectators attended the rodeo.
Today, more than one million people visit the Fort Worth Stock Show and attend the rodeo to watch some of the best cowboys and cowgirls in the world compete for more than $500, 000 in prize money.
On January 13, the festivities commence with the All-Western Parade downtown. The grand procession includes marching bands and equestrian groups along with horse-drawn elaborately decorated floats. All are dressed in Western attire and motorized vehicles are not allowed to enter in keeping with the tradition of the Wild West.
The rodeo coincides with the stock show and features a long line of traditional events. 2017 FWSSR champions included:
- Bareback rider Tim O’Connell from Zwingle, Iowa
- Steer wrestler Luke Branquinho from Los Alamos, California
- Team roping team Erich Rogers and Cory Petska from Arizona
- Saddle bronc rider Jake Wright from Milford, Utah
- Tie-down roper Tuf Cooper from Weatherford, Texas
- Barrel racer Fallon Taylor from Collinsville, TexasBull rider Dave Mason from Burnet, Texas
In addition to awarding Western athletes prize money, the Fort Worth Stock Show also offers scholarships to high school seniors. More than $626,000 has been awarded to during the Heifer Superintendent’s Beef Challenge and the Texas M.A.D.E. Competition.
Fort Worth Attractions
Along with the FWSSR, the metropolis boasts a number of attractions appropriate for the entire family. Step back in time when touring the Log Cabin Village or the Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House. Art enthusiasts enjoy visiting the Modern Art Museum or the Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House. In the evenings, adults have a great time at Billy Bob’s Texas.
FWSSR Professional Media Coverage
Anyone not able to attend the events can tune in to the Cowboy Lifestyle Network to catch updates. The Ak-Chin Indian Community, Earnhardt Auto Center and Papa John’s Road Team also plan on covering the Fort Worth Stock Show festivities.
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