Southwestern Exposition Livestock Show & Rodeo

Southwestern Exposition Livestock Show & Rodeo

Last two weeks of January
This event is the oldest continuously running livestock show in the United States, held since 1896 in Fort Worth, Tex. The exposition calls to mind Fort Worth's past when it was considered the capital of the southwestern cattle empire, and stockyards ringed the city. The world's first indoor rodeo was featured here in 1918.
Events of the exposition include a parade, horse shows, a midway, big-name entertainers, and $600,000 in show premiums and rodeo purses. The more than 17,000 head of livestock include beef and dairy cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses, donkeys, mules, pigeons, poultry, sheepdogs, and llamas. The latter have been found to be more effective against coyotes than guns, dogs, electric fences, or chemical repellants. About 500 of them guard sheep in the Rocky Mountain region.
CONTACTS:
Southwestern Exposition Livestock Show and Rodeo
Will Rogers Memorial Center & Facilities
3400 Crestline Rd.
Fort Worth, TX 76101
817-877-2400; fax: 817-877-2499
www.fwssr.com
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