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FORT WORTH (CBS11) – Cows and crowds flooded into the Will Rogers Memorial Center Friday at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo opened. 28,000 head of livestock will be shown or auctioned in the next few weeks.

A long line of trailers waited to offloaded livestock and people scurried around with wheelbarrows of hay and bags of feed getting their animals settled in and preparing them for show.

People from 40 different states will compete at the show. This is an especially big show for young people in the region. 11,000 FFA and 4H members will come from all over the region to compete.

And they are excited to be a part of one of the oldest livestock shows in United States.

“This is one of my favorites,” said a giddy Madison Connel who traveled with her classmates to compete for the Ferris FFA for the third straight year. “Just because there’s all the exhibits and the midway of course. It’s just exciting! I get excited every year. Like, I was telling you girl that’s how excited the show is and I really can’t put it into words. It’s just like EXCITING.”

The stock show draws in over $100 million dollars into the economy. And it has to keep improving itself to draw people from all over the US into its livestock barns.

They just completed a $15 million renovation of their dairy cattle barn. It will be the model to improve the other barns in the future.

For the casual visitor, there is a brand-new place to see how milk is produced in a modern facility. For the competitors there are new stalls, new tiedowns, and state of the art limes not care facilities including a washing area. When competitors have to decide where to go for competitions and spend their money Fort Worth wants them to think of this.

“This the nicest livestock facility in the Southwest bar none and I’ve been to all of them,” said Clifford Buchanan who has been attending the stock show since the 1960’s. “It’s a new facility in Madison, Wisconsin at the world dairy Expo and I don’t think is any nicer than this. So they should be proud they done a really good job.”

The stock show also depends on more than 200 vendors from around the U.S. They say they’re hoping the weather holds to keep crowds coming to the show.

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