Super Bowl? We don’t need no stinkin’ Super Bowl. We have the Stock Show.
If you not into watching the big game at home, the Stock Show has some options for you — including watching the game there (maybe).
Get your cowboy hat cleaned — or buy a tractor
Those are just a couple of the things you can see, purchase and even do in the Stock Show’s exhibits halls, which will be open until 8 p.m. Sunday.
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You can shop for clothes (especially if you like Western-style togs), original artwork and farm implements, to name but a few of the thousands of goods and services available in those areas. And if it all gets to be too much, you can take a seat in one of the vibrating massaging chairs offered by one of the vendors. You can even renew your subscription to the Star-Telegram at the Stock Show (now there’s a noble quest).
Get your boots shined
After you have walked around the grounds awhile, your boots are going to need attention. There are a number of genial and accomplished shine professionals to be found. And they are so open-minded that they will even polish shoes. Look especially for Frank Holland, who has been making the Stock Show safe for footgear for decades.
Tour the cattle barns
You would be amazed to see how little the livestock at the Stock Show care about the Super Bowl. There are a number of open cattle shows Sunday, which means there will be a wide variety of breeds on display in the cattle barns that run along the south side of the Stock Show grounds.
Red Angus, shorthorns, Herefords and Maine-Anjous are among the cattle shown today. Although some will be gone by late afternoon, there will still be plenty of representatives of superior cattle to be seen. And there may also be rabbits and goats still left in the west end of that row of barns.
Saddle up for the rodeo
Sunday’s performance does not begin until 7:30 p.m. so, in theory you could watch the first half of the Super Bowl, see that (insert your favored team name here) has taken a big lead and still make it down to the Stock Show in time for the rodeo grand entry. Rodeo action can be just at rough as a football game, but you never have to sit through the tedium and confusion of a video review (so did Dez catch that ball or what?).
Buy a Hereford
You probably don’t have a Hereford bull, cow, heifer or steer. And the Hereford people would say you need one. Check out the breed’s sale beginning at 3 p.m. in the West Arena of the Richardson Bass Building. Even if you don’t think you need a steer in your back yard, just looking at the stock and listening to the machine-gunlike delivery of a cattle auctioneer is a show unto itself.
Ride the midway
Not all the cowboys stay on the full eight seconds at the rodeo, but every ride is a winner at the Stock Show’s midway, which is open until 10 p.m. After a few minutes on some of those machines, you might feel like you have been in the rodeo. And like almost every one of the regulars at the Stock Show, you can count on the folks who run the rides and nearby souvenir stands to be there instead of sneaking off to watch or listen to the game.
“Now if the Packers had made it to the Super Bowl …,” one vendor said, not feeling the need to finish that sentence.
Oh, well, might as well watch the game
If you just can’t stand the peer pressure and decide you should go ahead and watch the Super Bowl, there is one place on the show grounds where that might be possible.
“We always have it on. We look forward to it that every year,” said Aaron Willis of La Espuela, the Mexican cantina at the west end of the Moncrief Building. “But there have been a couple of years when I have had to turn it off. The way we operate, people want to come in and just sit, which I think is great. But if I have a line of people out the door who are wanting to eat, unfortunately I have to do what is best to be fair to everybody.”
So on this Super Bowl Sunday, you have a choice between kickoffs and cowboys. You make the call.