Stock Show tops 1 million, but falls short of attendance mark

02/11/2013 10:44 PM

03/14/2013 4:26 PM

FORT WORTH -- Attendance for the 2013 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo was the second-largest total recorded in the event's 117-year history.

But, ironically, it may have missed setting another record by a touchdown or two.

Total attendance for the 23-day event, which ended Saturday, was 1,148,400, Stock Show officials announced Monday.

That was only the second time that figure exceeded 1 million, but it fell short of the record attendance of 1,166,000 set last year.

The third Saturday of this year's Stock Show drew more visitors (157,800) than any other single day in the event's history. And seven other dates also marked records for specific days in the run.

So this year's show, which mostly enjoyed the same sort of glorious weather that favored the event in 2012, was running ahead of last year's record-setting total after the third Saturday (777,900 visitors vs. 775,100 by the same point in 2012).

But then came the Super Bowl. Historically, the big game has fallen either on the relatively quiet, final day of the event (when it still ran through Sunday) or, in more recent years, the Sunday after the event's concluding Saturday.

But this year, the Super Bowl fell on the third Sunday of the show. And, even though the Dallas Cowboys were at home watching the game with the rest of us, the numbers suggest it had an impact on the Stock Show. Attendance on the third Sunday this year was 85,200, compared with 92,100 in 2012, which was enough to throw this year's event off its record pace.

The last straw, however, was a lackluster performance on the final day, when cloudy skies and cooler temperatures held crowds to 54,100 -- well below the 66,700 visitors who came through the turnstiles on the final day in 2012.

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