Over the years, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has changed in size and scope. It's undergone several name changes and has added events to accommodate the new space. As it continues to expand, who knows what records it will break and who else will receive inspiration from this special event.
Here is a list of some of the most notable dates in Stock Show history:
1896: The first Stock Show takes place in March in North Fort Worth.
-- The second show, held October 12-13 to coincide with the National Livestock Exchange
-- Convention meeting featured the first parade
1901: Officially adopts the name Texas Fat Stock Show
1907: Admission charged for the first time: 25 cents
1910: First automobile exhibit debuts at the Stock Show
1911: Former president, Theodore Roosevelt is the guest of honor
1916: Miller Brothers 101 Ranch Wild West Show featured "the first cowgirl" as deemed by Will Rogers
1918: Stock Show adopts Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show as official name
1927: Bareback Bronco riding added to rodeo events
1932: First live radio broadcast of a rodeo [NBC through Amon Carter's Fort Worth affiliate WBAP (We Bring A Program)]
1943: Stock Show canceled due to World War II
1944: Stock Show moves to Will Rogers Memorial Center
-- Gene Autry becomes first entertainer to appear at a rodeo
1946: 50th Anniversary of the Stock Show
1958: Fort Worth Rodeo is the first to receive complete live national television coverage
1984: Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits hall opens
1987: The Stock Show adopts Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show as official name
1996: Stock Show celebrates its centennial
2002: Stock Show expands to 23 days with record-breaking 951,000 visitors
2008: Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo inducted into Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame
2011: 25th Anniversary of Fort Worth Calf Scramble
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