The 2015 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo was one for the record books.
Many records were broken during the 23-day livestock and agriculture extravaganza at Will Rogers Memorial Center, including an all-time attendance mark that was shattered.
In view of the records and the huge paydays for the junior livestock exhibitors, Mayor Betsy Price proclaimed that “we are on fire right now.”
“This says Fort Worth is the place to be right now, and that we care about these kids who come to show,” Price said.
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Brad Barnes, the Stock Show’s president and general manager, tipped his hat to the comfortable weather and sunny skies, which played a key role in making the 119th edition of the Stock Show one of the most — if not the most — successful ever.
“With the exceptionally good weather experienced during the 2015 show, most previous year’s show records were shattered, from general grounds attendance and rodeo ticket sales, to gross receipts from our 16 livestock auctions,” Barnes said. “We had a very successful 23-day run and we appreciate the support of our community.”
Lee Williams, 817-390-7840
Here’s a look at the Stock Show, by the numbers
$3,709,361 paid to junior livestock exhibitors Saturday during the Sale of Champions, easily surpassing the previous record of $3,305,919, set last year.
1,248,500 people attended this year, crushing the old record of 1,166,000, set in 2012.
$240,000 paid to Madilyn Priesmeyer, 17, of Round Rock for her grand champion steer, Bob Marley, beating the previous mark of $230,000, set in 2012.
100,100 people attended the last day of the Stock Show, outstripping the old record for that day (66,700) by 33,400 ticket buyers.
61 degrees, the average high temperature during the Stock Show.
24 lon Feb. 2, the lowest temperature during the show.
15 new daily attendance records set, out of 23 days.
1 prayer offered by Muslim Imam Moujahed Bakhach at the Jan. 25 rodeo performance. While no one protested Bakhach’s invocation during the rodeo, the backlash on social media was mean-spirited, and many people said they will never attend again. Based on this year’s attendance figures, it appears that they won’t be missed.