Team Appreciation Day - May '22
We are so grateful to have such a wonderful and hard working team. When we’re not cranking out monster boxes of bullion we like to take a bit of time for staff appreciation. This month it was an awesome trip to the Fort Worth Stockyards, and believe it or not, for some it really was their first rodeo!
Fort Worth is aptly named “Cowtown” and it does not disappoint! Cowboys, western apparel, and ranch waters, we arrived early to make the most of the festivities.
A trot down the square...
Rain or Shine! Every day at 11:30 am and 4:00 pm, The Stockyards come alive with an old fashioned cattle drive. Watch cow hands expertly guide the Texas Longhorns right down the main street. The cattle drive happens 7 days a week year round with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter when the cows take a break to be with their families. This is a free event, bring your camera!
Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive 131-A East Exchange Avenue Fort Worth, TX 76164 https://www.fortworth.com/the-herd/
Gunslingers are real people too!
If you’re like us and visiting on the weekend, watch out for some shifty characters on the street! Immediately following the cattle drive a gunfight breaks out! Don’t worry, it’s totally safe and happens twice each day in case you miss the earlier show. The Legends of Texas organization has been working for over 40 years preserving American history of the cowboy era and they host regular gun fight reenactments. This free event takes place in the Stockyard train station and there are plenty of restaurants and boutique shops for browsing. Check out the Tea & Spice Exchange for some unique seasonings to take the adventure home.
The 11:45am show is set perfectly to wrap up in time for the station to open for train tickets.. ALL ABOARD!
A historic ride...
The Trinity River train excursion is another great way to enjoy the old west without walking around in the Texas sun. From April to November, the train pulls into the station at 3pm on Saturday and Sunday and takes passengers on a 45 minute ride in a 1920s vintage train car. Tickets range from $10 for an open air economy seat to $12 for a first class cabin (highly recommended in the summer!). 140 E. Exchange Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76164
Ahhh-MAZING We Didn't Die!
With the sun high in the sky, we headed to the Cowtown Cattle Pen Maze for some team building fun. We started out strong but it wasn’t long before we were stumbling around dehydrated and bumping into each other and walls. Just look at how lost Stephen (aka Smalls) looks!
On to the Main Event!
After a long day of play, we made our way over to the Cowtown Coliseum for The Bill Pickett International Rodeo and boy was it a wild ride! Cowboys, bulls, and clowns entertained us all night. A great time was had by all! Until next time.
Where to find Fort Worth Rodeo tickets - a few helpful links.
Getting tickets to the actual rodeo can be a little confusing, so here are a few tips:
- The rodeo that happens every Friday & Saturday night all season (summer) long is held at the Cowtown Coliseum. Tickets can be found on this website.
- The “Stockyards Championship Rodeo” (linked above) is different from the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, an event that takes place in Fort Worth once a year (for a month or so), usually in January.
- The “Fort Worth Stockyards” area is where all the fun goes down. You can learn more about the various fun things to do at their website. For reasons unknown, it’s not easy to find the nightly rodeo tickets on this website, even though the Cowtown Coliseum is right in this area.