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Come see the Fort Worth Rodeo!

By D Magazine |

Fort Worth proudly marks its 97th year as a host to a one-of-a-kind world entertainment extravaganza: lie 1993 Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show

The action kicks off January 22 and runs through February 7 at Will Rogers Memorial Complex. For thousands, it will be 17 days of high excitement that will be remembered and talked about weeks after the last horse trailer leaves town.

Founded in 1896, the exposition is the oldest continuously held annual livestock show in the United States. More than 17,000 livestock entries will be judged in a variety of livestock shows, and national and regional competitions. Classes include beef and dairy cattle, sheep, swine, horses, donkeys, mules, dairy goats, rabbits, poultry, pigeons, and even llamas and miniature horses. In 1992, over $6.5 million in livestock was sold.

Serious stock trading alternates with high-powered rodeo in which cowboys and cowgirls compete in ranching skills such as bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling and calf roping, as well as feats of pure athletics: bull riding and barrel racing. Some 700 champion cowboys and challengers vie for over $300,000 in prize money, matching their skills against prize rodeo stock assembled by the rodeo production company of Neal Gay, founder of the Mesquite Rodeo.

Rodeo entertainment acts also contend for visitor’s attention. Hilarious rodeo clowns and amazing specialty acts such as the Canadian chuck wagon races, “Whiplash” the cowboy monkey and Vickj Adams and her quarter horse “Silverado” add excitement to the thrilling rodeo action! There’s also a six-acre midway and the FFA sponsored Children’s Barnyard.

Unequaled in its variety of entertainment and competion. the Livestock Show is a longstanding historical event approaching its century’ mark with more spark and spirit than ever. It’s breathtaking rodeo performances, interesting educational exhibits and exciting livestock judging competition will attract more than 800,000 visitors eager to experience Fort Worth’s once-a-year grand Western tradition.

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