Since 1896 the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo has been a consistent reminder of our roots as Cowtown. Millions of people visit the event not just to see the nightly rodeos, but also to take part in the many events happening throughout. Here are three new ways to experience this time-honored tradition.
For the Fashion-Forward
Believe us, it isn’t all cowboy hats and boots when you visit - but you will see a lot of them when you do. Make a statement all of your own and visit the many western wear spots in Fort Worth before heading to the show. Get fitted for a hat at M.L. Leddy's, button up your first pearl snap shirt at Shepler's or slide on the perfect pair of boots at Justin Boots. New threads will have you strutting your stuff in no time.
Really want to go all out? Head to Maverick Fine Western Wear in the Stockyards and you can actually belly up to the bar and make a whole day of it. A day of shopping isn't in the budget? Then head to JunkerVal's - this thrift store has EVERYTHING including some amazing shirts, boots and cowboy hats that might be perfect for you!
For the Foodie
Any well-informed Stock Show attendee can tell you of the many places to get your Fort Worth food fix. And while we will never pass up a steak at Reata or margaritas at Joe T. Garcia’s, the lines to your staples tend to be longer when visitors from over 41 states are in town. While some might opt for food near the event grounds, there are many more options including the recently opened 16,000 sq. ft. Food Hall at Crockett Row.
Our suggestion is to start at one spot and make your way down (and remember to buy jeans one size larger so you can still sit down when you get to the stands at the rodeo). If you have the time, visit Whiskey Ranch, the home of Firestone and Robertson Distilling Co. You won't find any livestock, but you will find an amazing glass of bourbon among other cash cows.
For the Adventure Seeker
Think you've seen it all? You will at the Stock Show & Rodeo. But if you are seeking a little action of your own, check out the new Fort Worth Axe Factory next to Martin House Brewing Co. (now with a taproom open daily). If throwing an axe around for fun isn't your idea of how to play the day, then choose to throw a ball down the lane of the new Pinstripes located at the Shops at Clearfork.