Visitors to Fort Worth adjust to "Stock Show weather"

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Photo credit Alan Scaia, 1080 KRLD

FORT WORTH (1080 KRLD) - With rain falling Tuesday morning and colder weather and snow showers expected in the evening, visitors to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo say they have become used to unpredictable weather.

"A lot of people refer to it as 'stock show weather,'" one man from Nebraska said as he was exhibiting horses. "You just learn over the years, when you leave home, you prepare for everything,"

"The highs and the lows, yes," an exhibitor from Kansas added.

The two say they only see each other when they attend the same events, but they come together in Fort Worth often enough they have gotten to know each other.

"When you come to Fort Worth, it's usually big," the man from Kansas says. "My main thing is the history and how much it's done in this area and this town."

The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo continues through February 4. The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo begins February 9, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo follows February 28. Some attending Fort Worth say the weather may be unpredictable, but since most events are inside, they can adjust.

They also say the animals get used to different weather.

"The youngest ones here are probably five years old, so they've seen all the weather," an exhibitor from Missouri says. "Then the older horses, they've been through it a dozen times."

The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo says events will not be cancelled because of weather. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association must approve schedules, and many exhibitors and cowboys travel from event to event, so they cannot change schedules.

The organization says most exhibitors and participants are staying nearby, and most animals are kept on the grounds. The stock show says only the carnival or midway might close.

Details about how the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo handle the schedule are available at

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