Fort Worth Stock Show reports year-end results

May 1, 2009
by WLJ
Fort Worth Stock Show reports year-end results

The Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show’s membership gathered last week for their annual meeting to receive reports of the 2009 show and address various business matters.

Among these activities were the election of five new board members and the elevation of a long-time director to the position of honorary vice president.

New board members elected include: Roy Eaton, retired publisher of the Wise County Messenger; Mike Lansford, vice president/regional manager of JP Moran Chase Farm & Ranch Division; John L. (Rusty) Lewis of John L. Lewis & Co.; Bill Poteet, a self-employed health care consultant and executive coach; and Charlie Royer, account executive for Royer and Schutts Commercial Interiors. Elevated to the position of honorary vice president was Anne W. Marion who was elected to the board in 1978. All other directors and officers were reelected.

Bradford S. Barnes, stock show executive vice president and general manager, reported the show had another successful year. “We are privileged to con tinue to be a favorite among the livestock exhibitors as we had livestock entries totaling 22,149, including hosting a record six national cattle shows. Livestock show participants came from 41 states as well as three foreign countries. Our junior show entries totaled 9,642.”

Reporting the success of the show’s auctions, Barnes noted gross receipts from 17 auctions totaled $5,660,416. He also reported that the stock show awarded $325,960 in scholarships and educational grants during the fiscal year ending March 31. The show’s Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo hosted a record 1,190 professional athletes competing for $572,720 in purse money.

“Total estimated grounds attendance was 926,200, which was up 3 percent from last year,” said Barnes. “We are all very proud of our 113year history of this legendary event. Year after year, we’ve enjoyed loyal support and hard work from our board, superintendents, committee members, volunteers, employees and sponsors. We thank them for making the 113th annual show a success.” — WLJ