The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is the city's largest annual event and a time-honored tradition, bringing visitors "Prime Time" entertainment for 23 days, January 13 - February 4, 2017. With the highly anticipated event approaching its 121th year, it's fair to say that anyone who is anyone in the Western world has visited the extravaganza at least once in their lifetime. If not, no worries - you still have time to experience one of the greatest events in the nation portraying real cowboy lifestyle!
Here are the Top 10 Things everyone should know about the Stock Show.
1.) All-Western Parade - Held the first Saturday of every Stock Show, it's the world's largest all-western parade. This means no motorized vehicles at all! Stagecoaches, equestrian troops, marching bands and more make their way down the streets of downtown Fort Worth as 100,000-plus spectators look on. Plus, a reserved parade ticket acts as a general admission ticket for one day. January 14 at 11:00 a.m.
2.) Fine Dining - Fair food is great, and we have it all, but that's not what we mean by fine dining. The Stock Show and Rodeo offers some of the city's best cowboy cuisine from Reata Restaurant (Reata at the Rodeo) and Mexican food from La Espuela Mexican Cantina for all to enjoy.
3.) Multicultural Rodeos - Two of the 30+ rodeos being held highlight the influence of Hispanic and African-American culture present in the rodeo today: Best of Mexico Celebracion (January 15) and Cowboys of Color Rodeo (January 16). Tickets are $20.
4.) Shuttle Bus Service – Don’t feel like fighting the traffic? No worries. Every Saturday and Sunday during the show, park for free in select Park & Ride lots, and then hop aboard the T’s Stock Show Shuttle. Drop off is at the front gate and cost is $1 each way.
5.) FREE Museum Admission – While you’re here, explore the cultural side of Fort Worth with free admission to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. Must present Stock Show ticket for free entry.
6.) Red Dirt Entertainment – Enjoy the day with the family, then let loose at night with an adult beverage in hand at the Coors Light Roadhouse Tent. Patrons can swing to the tunes of the hottest acts every night Tuesday through Saturday. Know what makes this even better? Admission is free with your daily grounds admission!
7.) Horse Show Exhibitors – The Shock Show is held at one of the finest horse facilities in the United States, Will Rogers Equestrian Center. Enthusiasts will enjoy horse shows featuring NCHA Cutting Horse, NRHA Reining horse, Paint Horses, Palomino horse and many more.
8.) Livestock Show – One of the many missions of the Stock Show is to promote the breeding, raising and marketing of livestock to encourage excellence throughout the livestock and agriculture industries. Because of this, the show will host over 22,000 head of livestock this year, with exhibitors representing 41 states and three foreign countries.
9.) SWEEPSTAKES – Don’t miss your chance to win a Rodeo Weekend Sweepstakes here. Package includes a two-night stay at the Omni Fort Worth hotel, $200 AMEX gift card, $100 gift card to Reata Restaurant, 2 weekend Stock Show and Midway passes, and more.
10.) The Carnival Midway is the place to be for all kinds of family-friendly entertainment. Take a break from the show and play your favorite carnival games or enjoy the thrills of the midway rides!