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January 29, 2014

Look for a roper

Larry "Waddie" Cotton, 70, of Fort Worth, brought his trick roping skills with him when he came to the Fort Worth Stock Show Wednesday to see fellow members of the Cowtown Opry perform western music on the West Arena stage in the Richardson-Bass Building.

“There are a whole lot of little kids playing music and singing songs,” Cotton said. “It’ll be going on until about 6 tonight.”
Cotton and other volunteer performers appear almost daily in the Fort Worth Stockyards, operating out of an office in the Livestock Exchange building. He shows off several rope tricks he learned at a ranch in Utica, N.Y., back in the early ‘60s.
“I enjoy performing for people,” Cotton said. “I don’t do it for money.”
With a Stock Show season pass in his pocket, Cotton’s likely to show up there several times before the final curtain falls Feb. 8. – Terry Evans

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Larry "Waddie" Cotton, 70, of Fort Worth, likes to entertain folks with impromptu trick roping performances. Photo by Terry Evans

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