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Four examples of empty livestock barns at the Fort Worth Stock Show. 

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What can you say? Shouldn't an event called a Stock Show show plenty of Stock? Is that an unrealistic expectation? Or is the Stock Show not really a fair-type event? Is it more of a big glorified livestock auction? If state fairs all over the country can manage to have living livestock in display barns during the course of their fairs isn't it reasonable to expect that a city known as Cowtown would have plenty of cows at an event called a Stock Show?

Much has been written about problems with the Stock Show; old management resistant to new ideas, a rodeo that has lost respect on the rodeo circuit, a need for new buildings, a lack of community participation. 

Well. 2003 was the first time since being in Texas that these eyes saw the Stock Show in its entirety. The Stock Show parade is impressive. The rodeo is worth the price of admission. But the rest of the Stock Show could use some changes. Where was the entertainment, the shows like you see at a fair? It's Texas, why aren't there barbecue and chili contests? Why isn't the Fort Worth Herd there? Why aren't there cowboys and cowgirls riding around the grounds?  Why aren't there various live music venues? With beer sold all over the grounds, why aren't there any beer gardens? 

The buildings on the Stock Show grounds seemed fine, clean, in good shape. It was what was in those buildings and the lack of much of anything, except for the carnival, outside the buildings that seemed to give the Stock Show a sort of empty feel. 

Since the Stock Show originally took place at the Stockyards, it seems like bringing a bit of that Stockyards appeal to the Stock Show would be a good idea.

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