“This thing is legendary!” If you’ve been to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, then you’ve heard this phrase. And, we must admit, it’s definitely true! The FWSSR has been around since 1893 and each year seems to somehow retain its magic and keep getting better! If you’re new to the area or have never ventured over to take part in the fun, here are a few details that might be helpful to you:
The festivities kick off with a parade on January 18th at 11:00am in downtown Fort Worth. They call it the “one-and-only horse powered, all-western parade” and it’s definitely worth seeing! The Stock Show and Rodeo are actually made up of many diverse events including Bulls Night Out Extreme Bull Riding, the Cowboys of Color Rodeo, and the Best of the West Ranch Rodeo. But if you want to experience a rodeo, know that there will be some action in the arena on most nights of the week at 7:30pm and usually a 2:00pm matinee on Saturdays and Sundays.
This year the main rodeo events will be held in the new Dickie’s Arena! But the Justin Arena, the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall, and the Kit and Charlie Moncrief building (among many others) will still be just as bustling as ever this year with events, exhibits, food, and shopping!
- How must does it cost?
If you just want to visit the Stock Yards to experience the magic, it will cost $12 for adults, $5 for youth ages 6-16, and it’s free for children under 5! To see the rodeo tickets start at $30 for gallery seating. But ticket prices vary widely depending on the event you want to see and where you want to sit. We encourage you to call or visit the box office with questions. Also plan to pay $15 for parking or consider using a ride sharing service.
- What is a Stock Show?
If you weren’t raised around the farm and ranch culture, this may be new to you. Today the FWSSR still holds live sales and auctions of animals, from sheep and chickens to horses and bulls. You can walk around the various buildings and see these animals or watch the sales take place, but there is also so much more going on. There are many youth events supporting kids hard at work in programs like 4-H. And today there’s plenty of fun for the whole family at the Stock Yards. From a fun-filled midway to tasty fair foods, from animal petting zoos for little ones to plenty of shopping for the grown ups, plan to spend at least half a day wandering around and seeing the sights.
- Still have questions?
Visit the FWSSR’s extensive website to find maps, event calendars, and links to buy tickets to the events!