A dusting of snow likely made folks drive more carefully on their way to the Fort Worth Stock Show Thursday morning. But there was no sign that it was keeping them away.
“The parking lots are full of people showing animals,” said Patsy Malone, one of the ladies at the information booth in Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall. “I can’t see that the weather has affected the crowds at all. This is Stock Show weather, after all.”
Firefighters at Station No. 80, which is on the Stock Show grounds, said the temperature at 11:15 a.m. was 18, with a wind chill of 7.
But by Thursday afternoon the wind had died to almost nothing, the snow had stopped and folks who weren’t taking careful steps to avoid sliding were running down streets and sliding on purpose.
That's what Tuff Hedeman's son, 18-year-old Trevor, and Conner Riddle, 17, of Graham, were doing.
In Cattle Barn 2 the atmosphere was a little warmer than it had been Wednesday, but folks were still bundled up and some sought warmth anywhere they could – like the heat coming off powerful work lights.
The Swine Barn was a lot warmer. And while that might have been more comfortable, the layer of snow on the roof caused vapor exhaled by hundreds of pigs and people in the Junior Barrow Show to condense on the steel beams supporting it and drip incessantly on everyone’s heads. – Terry Evans
Trevor Hedeman, 18, from Morgan Mill, left, and Conner Riddle, 17, of Graham, slide on a thin layer of snow on Burnett-Tandy Drive at the Fort Worth Stock Show. Photo by Terry Evans
Chad Caperton, 38, left, Tracy Williams, 39, and Jason Cleere, 39, all of Madisonville, huddle for warmth around a high wattage work light in Cattle Barn 2 of the Fort Worth Stock Show. Photo by Terry Evans
Steve Roberts, 58, of Fort Worth, sweeps snow off a sidewalk at the Stock Show. Photo by Terry Evans