FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Vendors settle in, signs are posted and livestock move as the start of the 2022 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo prepares to begin on Friday, January 14.
This event brings together thousands of people from across the state of Texas and several other states, but there are some changes with the event this year as we continue to see a spike in COVID-19 cases.
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This year, the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo said it is partnering with Tarrant County Public Health in hopes of keeping people safe.
“They have added some exciting elements this year,” said Reata Restaurant President Mike Micallef.
This is the speech of the city, even the speech of the city council meeting on Tuesday.
People are ready for one of the biggest events of the year in the city.
“After a year off, how exciting it is to get the rodeo back on track,” said board member Leonard Firestone.
People across town are excited for the return of the stock market. It was canceled last year due to the pandemic.
“The equity fair is always a special time,” said Micallef. “It really allows us restaurant travelers to really connect with not only our customers here in Fort Worth, but really all over the state.”
The show attracts a lot of people, which also helps the economy.
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“Normally, we get around 1.2 million visitors over the 23 days of the show,” said Matt Brockman, communications director for Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.
As we expect to see large crowds gather, there is concern about COVID-19, and now people behind the stock exposure have said they are doing what they can to help.
“We are providing mask distribution facilities across the complex, also providing numerous hand sanitizing stations,” said Brockman.
Brockman said a lot has changed over the past year, and they decided to host the event because vaccines are readily available to the public.
He said they didn’t demand anything, but …
“They will be in place during the 23 days of the show providing the Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and boosters,” said Brockman. “The Fort Worth Fire Department will also facilitate a COVID testing site here on site. “
No appointment is required for COVID-19 tests and vaccines which will be available at the stock show, it will be on a first come, first served basis.
The installation continues, as people begin to flock to Fort Worth.
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