The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
With the beginning of every year comes the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. This show and rodeo gives people three action packed weeks of entertainment and fun. Many participants and spectators choose to rent an RV in Fort Worth or camper and camp at one of the nearby campgrounds. The Rodeo is located about 35 miles from Dallas, 260 miles from Houston and 180 miles from Austin, Texas.
A Bit of History
The very first stock show took place in March of 1896 near Marine Creek in North Fort Worth and a second show was done that year in October. The rodeo did not begin until 1918, but it was a success and the crowds increased immensely that year. There probably weren’t any RV rentals in 1896 but we are sure that some of the cowboys camped out.
A Really Big Show
The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo starts on a Friday, but the parade that begins it all is held on Saturday in the Downtown area. The All Western Parade showcases multiple horses and wagons and there is never a motorized vehicle in sight. More than 100,000 spectators attend this event each year and there are reserved seats available. The reserved seats are available at both the Sundance Square Plaza and the Convention Center, but they need to be purchased in advance. Anyone who sits in the Sundance Square Plaza will also be able to have their face painted and watch balloon artists create amazing balloon creatures.
There are many exhibitors for the stock show and they include livestock, horse, poultry, pigeon, rabbit and commercial exhibits. The livestock exhibitors share how they breed, raise and market their livestock. During current years, there have been more than twenty-thousand heads of livestock at the show from many different states. The horse exhibitors will be showing off their breeds during many of the shows that will be held during the entire Stock Show event. There will also be Cowboy Mounted Shooting, Mustang Magic and the Stock Show Bowl. The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is where people will find the best Poultry, Pigeon and Rabbit shows.
Educational entertainment can be found everywhere at the Stock Show including the FFA Children’s Barnyard, the Petting Zoo, the Milking Parlor, Planet Agriculture, TAF Magic Show and the Art Contest and Auction. At the Children’s Barnyard, everyone can see animals with their little babies including chicks, pigs, lambs and calves. Children and adults alike will want to stop at the Petting Zoo and spend some time with their favorite animals. At the Milking Parlor, everyone will be able to see cows getting milked. To learn where food comes from, families will want to stop at the Planet Agriculture interactive display. Besides learning about food and ranching, people will also be able to see cotton ginned. The TAF Magic Show is fun for all ages and the magician keeps the audience engaged and entertained. The art contest has entries from schools across Texas and each entry is eligible to win scholarships and other prizes. The top entries are eligible to earn even more through the auction that is held each year.
Many Rodeos in One
One of the best things about the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is that there is more than one rodeo event. At the Best of the West Ranch Rodeo, cowboys from the top ranches in the southwest compete in events of traditional ranch work like bronc riding, wild cow milking and double mugging. The Best of the West Ranch Rodeo is held twice, once on Friday night and once on Saturday night. The Best of Mexico Celebracion is held on one night during this event and it is filled with dancing, music and rodeo events. This is the best time to watch professional trick riders show off their skills and expertise. Cultures and traditions are what the Cowboys of Color Rodeo is all about and the unique rodeo events will keep the entire audience’s eyes riveted to the arena. Riding a bull for eight seconds does not seem difficult, but at Bull’s Night Out people can watch forty of the best bull riders attempt this feat.
Fort Worth Culture Scene
People attending the Stock Show and Rodeo will receive free admission to both the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame with their Stock Show admission ticket. The free admission is made possible through the Moo-seum program that is provided by Central Market. Members of either of the museums receive a special bonus, because they can get into the Stock Show for free through the Moo-seum program. These museums share both the history of the rodeo as well as the Fort Worth area and they are a great change of pace from the busyness of the Stock Show and Rodeo scene.
RV Rental and Campsites
There are numerous hotels available in the Fort Worth area, but there is nothing better than spending time at a nearby RV park hanging out with fellow Stock Show and Rodeo guests. The closest RV Parks are Cowtown RV Park, two Green Acres RV Parks and North Texas Jellystone Park. People can end each day in front of a campfire as they share their experiences from the exhibits and the rodeos. Go RV Rentals has the best selection of campers and motorhomes for rent in Fort Worth.
Come One, Come All
The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is a great place to have fun and spend time with family and friends while camping out. There is so much to do that it is not possible to see everything in one day, but since everyone will have such a good time they will not mind returning for multiple days in a row. Camping nearby in your RV rental makes it convenient.