Stock Show begins: Indoor rodeo celebrating 100 years


Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Jan. 12 – Feb. 3.

Stock Show general admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-16 and free for children 5 and under. The Show’s souvenir pins that provide general grounds access throughout the 23-day run of the show are $40.

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The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo begins its 122nd year when it opens the gates at 8 a.m. January 12.

Cowboys and cowgirls representing iconic ranches from across the state, as well as Nebraska and Wyoming, will be among the featured stars throughout Ranching Heritage Weekend. The Stock Show kicks off with the Quarter Horse Versatility Ranch Horse Show followed by the Best of the West Invitational Ranch Rodeo.

While the Stock Show is celebrating 122 years, the World’s Original Indoor Rodeo is celebrating 100 years.

“Holding the world’s first-ever indoor rodeo 100 years ago contributes greatly to the identity and mystique of Fort Worth,” said Stock Show President and General Manager Brad Barnes. “It’s says a lot about who we are as a community and a city.”

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On Jan. 15, the Will Rogers Coliseum arena will be the location for the Cowboys of Color Rodeo.

“The Cowboys of Color Rodeo is among our most popular experiences,” said Barnes. “It’s our opportunity to salute the sometimes overlooked, but important, contributions made by all ethnicities to Texas’ enduring ranching history and legacy.”

Coinciding with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Cowboys of Color Rodeo highlights the rich diversity and culture of rodeo and the western way of life. This unique rodeo performance, is presented by State Farm and Telemundo 39.

Not all the action is in the rodeo arena. With Fort Worth’s Cultural District nearby, attendees can head out for a Moo-Seum Experience. With a Stock Show grounds admission ticket patrons can enjoy free admittance to three of Fort Worth’s museums, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, the Cattle Raisers Museum and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. That’s courtesy of Central Market.

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“The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is unique among venues across the country as it is the hub to an area that celebrates what is truly special about Fort Worth.” said Stephen Butt, senior vice president of Central Market. “These three museums offer stimulating educational programs and exhibits that have something for almost everyone, much like Central Market, and we’re glad to give you a ticket on us!”

Now through February 4 at the Cowgirl Museum, patrons can check out the Constance Jaeggi: Aspects of Power, Light and Motion exhibit, while visitors to the Noble Planetarium can check out the Thundering Herd Multimedia Experience. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is celebrating a cowboy staple, the guitar with its exhibit, “GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World,” through February 10.

New this year will be Vine 2 Wine, celebrating the drink that has become an important Texas agricultural product.

Featured on January 24 and 31 – Wine Wednesdays – Vine 2 Wine provides two opportunities for wine sampling and conversations with industry experts: Wine Camp and Sip & Shop. Winemakers and other experts will lead Wine Camp participants through an interactive learning session followed by a half hour mix-and-mingle reception. Offered at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m., Wine Camps will be held in the Cactus Room of the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall. Cost is free with paid grounds admission.

In addition, Sip & Shop – in the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall’s Texas Room – will offer a selection of wines from four acclaimed Texas wineries. Participants will have the chance to sample several wines and ask questions of the winery representatives to learn more about winemaking and wine selections. Sip & Shop will take place at 4 p.m. and requires a ticket for the wine tasting that can be purchased at the Commercial Exhibits office located at the north end of the Exhibits Hall. – FWBP Staff