Walk into Barn 4 and the first thing you'll see is the face of a veteran Stock Show worker, smiling behind the window of the accounting office.
His name is Guy Sheppard. And he has been here for 30 years.
Sheppard, 87, sells grounds passes and car passes, collects feed bills and distributes catalogs of the different breeds being shown at the Stock Show.
"I've been here nearly all my conscious life," he said.
Q: What do you do when you're not at the Stock Show?
A: Oh, I'm retired. I play golf a lot. But before I was retired I was in the automobile parts rebuilding business. Before that I was in the grocery business.
Q: What has changed at the Stock Show since you started working here?
A: From our point of view down here, it hasn't changed a whole lot. I guess it's more modern. But our duties are about the same. Now, we used to have dormitories upstairs. That ended about 10 years ago, I think. The FFA kids and the 4-H club kids used to stay here. They'd come with their groups. Now all the moms and dads come so they started just staying at hotels.
Q: What is your best Stock Show memory?
A: Oh, I don't know if I really have a best memory. I was raised on the north side of Fort Worth. Prior to 1944, they held the Stock Show in the Stockyards. And that was part of my heritage down there. So when it moved, well I wanted to still be a part of it. And my wife works here, too. She does the underground parking over at the exhibits hall.
Q: Are you ready for the Stock Show to be over?
A: Oh, we're always ready for it to be over. You always say you're not going to come back, but you always do. Even though you get tired as heck, it's in your blood.
Q: Are you going to work again next year.
A: Probably will. I'll either be here or at the cemetery.
- Lindsey Bever