FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Over a million people are expected to enjoy the 125th Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, which starts this Friday. The 23-day show in and around Dickies Arena is back for the first time after disappearing last year due to the pandemic.
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The final preparations took place on Thursday as the crews get things ready for the crowds.
“There’s still all the features that people expect, pet shows, the kids’ zoo, the milking parlor next door,” said Matt Brockman, communications manager for the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.
Although there is no mask or vaccine mandate, they will have a vaccination clinic on site and take some precautions. “Provides plenty of mask distribution throughout the complex, providing hand disinfection throughout the complex,” Brockman added.
The show is expected to generate $ 175 million in local economy and $ 15 million in state and local taxes, according to Brockman.
Across the street from Dickies Arena, businesses are eager for the crowds.
“It’s going to be a party,” said Taco Heads owner Sarah Castillo. “It’s in the air, everyone’s so excited about it that we have our sign that’s a countdown.”
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While dealing with many of the same issues that many other restaurants face with staff shortages, they are actively seeking help and are happy that the current staff will have plenty of customers over the next few weeks.
“It’s a huge booster for us and our staff, and I mean restaurants were hit so hard, and so we’m excited that everyone can make some money and get back on their feet,” Castillo said.
On top of that, the Morris Boot Company event accounts for 80 percent of their annual sales.
“There will literally be people all over the place,” said co-owner Steven Parker.
It is necessary foot traffic that Parker wants to put boots on.
“I mean, you get real cowboys, you get people who want to be cowboys, and then you get people who are not cowboys who come in here, and they’re just really interested in the cowboy look of things,” Parker said. .
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For more information on how to get tickets or when performances take place, click here: https://www.fwssr.com/