The longest running indoor rodeo in the world had to take a pass last year and cancel all events in 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But the popular Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is back in the saddle in 2022. The Fort Worth Rodeo begins this Friday January 14th and runs through February 5th.
The fabulous Dickies Arena opened in autumn 2019 and held its first rodeo in January 2020. Before Dickies’ showcase setting was opened, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo took place at the Northside (now Cowtown) Coliseum from 1918 onwards. during the Depression-era Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum from 1936.
Grooming your show animals can be a grueling job at the stock show.
This weekend we’re heading back to the Wild West in Fort Worth. Your favorite burger, steak or grill restaurant will no doubt be waiting and urban cowboys will try to mingle with the real deal while fashion is in full swing. Just like a midway ride. Expect boots, buckles, cowboy hats, and skins (trucker hats, starched Wranglers, and Carhartt jackets are optional).
Here’s everything you need to know to do rodeo in style:
Bud Light Road House
Located on the east side of the Dickies Arena at Simmons Bank Plaza, you’ll find music acts, dancing and entertainment here before or after the rodeo. You can find the full schedule here.
The cork yard
The Corkyard wine tent can be found again this year on the Simmons Bank Plaza in the Dickies Arena and is therefore an ideal place to meet up with friends. The Cockyard will host musical acts this Saturday, January 15th, including The SqueezeBox Bandits. Performances begin about an hour after the rodeo.
Will Rogers Auditorium
The Auditorium Concert Series brings in some headliners like Kansas, the Old 97’s and Yellowstone star Ryan Bingham. These ticket concerts take place in the historic and picturesque theater, where greats like Elvis and the Rolling Stones have performed, to name a few.
Bull’s Night Out is a non-stop bull riding extravaganza with a lot of ProRodeo talent in the ring.
Participants from all over the nation and around the world compete daily in events such as tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronze riding, bareback bronze riding, bull riding and barrel racing. All of this leads to the rodeo finals, which will be awarded more than $ 1.1 million. For the full competition schedule and ticket issuance, click here.
Ranchers from all over Texas brush and groom their animals to perfection, along with Future Farmers of America students. Stroll through the cattle sheds, which also house sheep, goats, birds and the occasional emu.
Rodeo shopping in Fort Worth
From ranch necessities like trailers, tractors, saddles, and accessories to Western fashion, housewares, ready meals, and gifts, there is plenty to see scattered around the rodeo grounds. For one aisle at a time, go to the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibition Hall.
Fort Worth Rodeo Midway Fun
The family-friendly attractions for kids of all ages include rides, corn dogs, funnel cakes, and more rides. It’s fun by day, magic by night when the carnival lights up with the striking Ferris wheel.
There is so much to see and do. Don’t forget the petting zoos, pony rides, brood chicks, and the milking parlor while you’re on the premises. It’s time to saddle up for Cowtown’s signature event. The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo are back.