Ft. Worth Stock Show Opens With
Giant Parade, Saturday
by: Bobby McDonald
Established in 1896, the Ft. Worth Stock Show and Rodeo opened for the 116th time, on Saturday, with a giant parade, that wound it's way through the downtown streets of Ft. Worth. The over 200 parade entries, ranging from riding clubs, to Cowboy Churches, wagons sponsored by businesses and organizations, to rodeo queens, the giant parade was viewed by thousands, who lined the streets to get a "glimpse" of the cowboy lifestyle, that had built Ft. Worth as "Texas' Cowtown!"
Saturday's two hour parade marks the beginning of the Ft. Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, when almost everyone in Ft. Worth "gets a little bit western," and the Stock Show will play host to almost 1 million guests from all over the world, as the livestock industry, rodeo, and western lifestyle is celebrated.
Some of the finest breeding beef and dairy cattle and ranch horses, as well as market classes of cattle, sheep, goats, and swine will be paraded before judges, seeking prize money and the claim to the Grand Champion honors of the show. The show will continue through February 4th and offers a unique opportunity to travel to Ft. Worth, support some of the local youth competing for prizes, and enjoy a delightful weekend or day, in Ft. Worth, "Where the West Begins!"
Many, many of us here in the Hopkins County area have made memories of going to the Ft. Worth Stock Show with our livestock entries, or our horses and participating in the show. It's still a wonderful visit and a great place to share excitement with family and friends!
Enjoy these photos of Saturday's opening parade: