Stock Show wraps up, attendance tops 1 million

02/09/2014 3:34 PM

02/10/2014 8:18 AM

Folks attend the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo for a variety of reasons.

Cash Clark, 7, of Albuquerque, visiting Fort Worth for the fourth consecutive year, said he loves checking out livestock.

“Me and my sister saw pigs, cows and rabbits,” he said. “I got to pet a rabbit.”

But one thing above all made the Stock Show memorable, Cash said.

“The best things are the corn dogs,” he said.

The Stock Show wrapped up its 23-day run Saturday with two rodeo performances and the annual Sale of Champions, where dozens of teens walked home with money in their pockets and a skip in their step.

For the third year in a row, attendance topped 1 million, with 1,137,100 people venturing out, spokeswoman Shanna Weaver said. Mild weather on weekends and only a handful of freezing days helped draw crowds, she said.

“It’s January in Texas,” she said, “so we roll with the punches.”

On Sunday, workers began cleaning up the grounds of the Will Rogers Memorial Center, home to Fort Worth’s premier event for decades.

By the numbers

1,137,100 — total attendance at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.

$3,305,919 — raised in this year’s Sale of Champions.

$200,000 — what Coors Distributing paid for Here I Am, the grand champion steer.

3,700 — bales of prairie hay distributed; 3,680 bales of straw.

28,917— head of livestock shown.

11,000 — steers, barrows, lambs and goats shown in the junior livestock shows.

6,000 — sack lunches handed out by the Tarrant Area Community of Churches to homeless workers and other laborers at the Stock Show.

Countless — pairs of boots shined.

What they said

Some of our favorite quotes from this year’s Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo:

“If you fall out and get run over, you’ll die.” — Chuck wagon driver Rene Salmond

“It’s just how square his ass is, how big his top is, he’s really big boned.” — Flint Newman on his grand champion steer

“I've got two plates in my face, a plate and nine screws in my forearm, a plate and eight screws in my ankle, I blew out my knee in my rookie year. I can take the pounding.” — bullfighter Andy Burelle

“In my home growing up, there were three holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas and the Fort Worth Stock Show — volunteer ambassador Rose Alvarez

“He can’t think straight. All he cares about is being with the ladies.” — Savannah Williams, on her 300-pound Duroc boar

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