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North Texas Man Volunteers At Stock Show For 50-Plus Years

For more than 120 years, the Stock Show and Rodeo has been the crown jewel of Fort Worth.

After 50 years as the livestock show and parade announcer, Roy Eaton has seen generations come and go.

"Everything has gotten more modern," he said. "As the livestock industry has progressed so has our show.”

And even after all those years, Eaton is still a strong advocate of all the stock show has to offer.

“This year at the junior heifer show, we have more than 2,300 entries," he said. "That makes it the largest junior heifer show in the United States.”

Eaton’s had the unique honor of introducing youngsters years ago and their children years later.

“We’ve developed a lot of relationships,” he smiled.

Eaton’s regular job as the publisher and president of the Wise County Messenger newspaper keeps him busy, but every year he becomes to voice of the livestock show.

"It's my job to welcome the people to Fort Worth. It's my job to make all the boys and girls who are showing their cattle feel comfortable,” he said. “I'm not the star of the show. They are the stars of the show."

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