5 must-see competitions at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

You’re not going to want to miss these jaw-dropping competitions at the FWSSR.

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

FWSSR at Dickies Arena, 2020 | Photo via @txbpo

With the 2024 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo kicking off this week, the Will Rogers Memorial Center is teeming with award-winning livestock and hopeful competitors. Here are five unusual competitions that you’re going to want to put on your FWSSR bucket list.

Celebrity Goat Milking Contest | Saturday, Jan. 13 at 5:30 p.m. | Cattle Arena
Watch local personalities milk bleating goats, followed by a creative costume contest. Last year’s competition featured representatives from the Majic 94.5 radio station.

Miniature Horse Show | Thursday, Jan. 18 at 9 a.m. | John Justin Arena
The tiny ponies will prance through the arena guided by kiddie cowpokes.

Coon Hunters Mule Jumping | Saturday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. | John Justin Arena
Don’t miss the jumping donkeys — we’re still thinking about last year’s champion Radar, a 33-year-old Appaloosa mule from Henley, Missouri.

Fiddle Showdown | Sunday, Jan. 21 at 3:30 p.m. | West Arena
Teens ages 14-18 will compete with top-tappin’ tunes for a chance to win scholarship money.

Cowboy Mounted Shooting | Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. | John Justin Arena
Watch the Wild West come alive as marksmen aim at targets from the backs of galloping horses.


Don’t miss all the thrilling competitions of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.

Photo by @fwssr

City Editor Kate, here. If that’s not enough for you, don’t miss the 23 nights of exhilarating rodeo competitions featuring my two favorite events: the calf scramble + mutton bustin’.

In the calf scramble, teens in 4-H and FFA will try to catch a calf to win a $500 certificate to purchase a cow to exhibit at next year’s stock show.

The Justin mutton bustin’ competition features kids ages 4-7 riding sheep for a chance to be crowned champion.