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Stock Show & Rodeo elects new directors as tickets go on sale

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo board of directors and membership met April 25 and elected directors and officers of the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.

New directors elected include: Wilson Franklin; Trey Gordon; Mary Ralph Lowe; Kent Lynch; Paxton Motheral; Mark G. Nurdin; Robert L. Patton; William D. Ratliff IV; Rozanne Rosenthal; and Todd M. Tippet.

Elevated to the position of honorary vice president were William A. Landreth Jr., Ronnie McNutt, Billy Minick and Joseph A. Monteleone. Officers re-elected include: Bradford S. Barnes, president and general manager; Edward P. Bass, chairman of the board; Charlie Geren, vice president; Charlie Moncrief, secretary; Randy Rogers, treasurer; and W.R. Watt Jr., president emeritus.

In reviewing the 2017 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, Barnes broke out some of the highlights:

• 1,219,300 estimated grounds attendance;

• 28,190 total Stock Show entries;

• 12,423 junior exhibitor entries representing 236 of Texas’ 254 counties;

• More than $3.2 million Junior Sale of Champion sale receipts;

• $224,945 raised by the Agricultural Development Fund for junior exhibitor support;

• $670,900 provided in scholarships, educational grants and charitable gifts;

• 1,069 professional rodeo contestants competed for a $722,180 purse; and

• 272,333 Facebook fans, 14,509 Twitter followers; 18,251 Instagram followers.

“Although the Stock Show is Fort Worth’s oldest and largest event, we’re constantly striving to enhance the experience for our guests, exhibitors and contestants,” said Barnes in a news release. “We’re proud of our history and excited about our future.”

The 2018 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo will run Jan. 12 through Feb. 3. Rodeo tickets will be available beginning Monday, May 1.

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