Fort Worth Stock Show In the Know
January 19, 2014

For Stock Show Parademany, the Fort Worth Stock Show is a annual tradition.  It symbolizes Fort Worth’s heritage of cattle and cowboy culture.  Like year’s past, the Stock Show got underway with a colorful parade down Main Street, and the weather was perfect.  Here are some interesting facts about the Stock Show:

1896 — first Stock Show was held on the banks of Marine Creek

1907 — fairgoers were charged admission for the first time; it was 25 cents

1909 — parade featured 40 Comanche and Kiowa braves led by Chief Quanah Parker

1911 — Theodore Roosevelt was guest of honor

1943 — no Stock Show due to WWII

1944 — Stock Show moved to Will Rogers Memorial Center

1947 — Amon G. Carter, Sr. becomes 1st Chairman of the Board

1958 — Ft Worth Rodeo became 1st to receive complete live national TV coverage

1959 — Connie Swinford’s Grand Champion steer sold to Amon Carter, Jr.

1987 — Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show becomes official name

1988 — Will Rogers Equestrian Center opens

2002 — record 951,000 visitors attend Stock Show

Feb 2, 2013 — single day attendance record of 157,800

Join in the fun this year as Fort Worth’s cowboy culture takes center stage and become a part of history as new records are set.  See you at the 2014 Stock Show!