Posted 5 years ago
Here are couple of fun items I picked up at an estate sale this weekend.
They are a pair of full, un-opened bottles of Dr. Pepper to commerate the 79th Annual Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show-1975.
Here is a little history, just some FYI stuff.
The Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show, known commonly as the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is the oldest continual running livestock show and rodeo. It has been held annually in Fort Worth, Texas since 1896. In 1918, the Stock Show held the world's first indoor rodeo, and in subsequent years has been responsible for several milestones in the sport of rodeo.
Local ranchers wished to facilitate interest in their cattle. A conversation between rancher Charles McFarland and Charles French, marketing manager for the Fort Worth Stock Yards, resulted in the first area stock show in 1896. This event was the first of what would eventually become known as the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show
That first show was such a success that organizers gathered again in the fall of 1896 for a two-day event in October to coincide with the National Livestock Exchange Convention meeting. A parade opened the fall show. Most exhibitors preferred the spring dates, so the Show was established as a March event, to fit in with a series of major livestock shows held around the country, establishing a regular circuit for exhibitor herds.
The following year, the event was given a name, the Texas Fat Stock Show.
Just some fun stuff.