Application deadline is November 1, 2017.
Please submit your complete application to be kept on file. Someone will contact you in the spring for the 2018 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.
NOTE: Some of the following may not be presently available due to prior commitments. If you would like to volunteer for one of the committees listed below, please submit a letter of request along with a completed volunteer application and any qualifying credentials or references to:
The following documents must be submitted in full before review is considered:
1. Current resume
2. Current photo
3. Completed, signed application
4. Signature of a current Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show Board of Director or Volunteer.
Please submit a letter of request along with a completed volunteer application and any qualifying credentials or references to:
Attn: Bradford S. Barnes
Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
P.O. Box 150
Fort Worth, TX 76101
AGRICULTURAL DEVELOPMENT FUND
This Committee consists of approximately 38 members whose responsibility is to solicit contributions that are used to pay an above market bonus to prize winning Junior exhibitors that sell their animals at the Stock Show. This Committee solicits in excess of $220,000 annually through contributions ranging from $100 up to $10,000. The vast majority of this money is paid out to exhibitors of prize winning animals that do not have the opportunity to go through the Junior Sale of Champions public auction. There is an annual Ag. Fund Committee luncheon in October, which kicks off the fund drive, concluding each year on the 1st of December.
Striving to help Stock Show visitors feel welcomed, Ambassador Committee members stand ready to assist guests with information to ensure their time at the legendary Stock Show is an enjoyable experience. Ambassadors are located at two information booths – one in the foyer of the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall and another in the Richardson-Bass Building – every day of the Stock Show. Ambassadors will also be stationed at pedestrian entry points on designated days to assist Stock Show guests with assistance and directions to their desired destinations.
CALF SCRAMBLE COMMITTEE
Members solicit sponsors for $500 calf scramble certificates that are presented to the winners of the Calf Scramble event held during each performance of the PRCA rodeo. Support of this program has been overwhelming to the extent the program has been over subscribed. Consequently many sponsors allow us to use their $500 donation for our Calf Scramble Scholarship Fund. Through this program, in 2017, approximately $269,000 in scholarships were awarded to Calf Scramble winners based on the quality of monthly reports and a final essay they are required to send to their sponsor.
EQUINE SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE
This Committee presently consists of 15 members. Their responsibility is to solicit donors for scholarships that are awarded to the High Point Youth in four horse divisions: Paint, Quarter, Palomino and Pony of the Americas. In addition, this Committee has initiated a scholarship program based on essays youth exhibitors and horse judging contest participants submit to our office.
FORT WORTH STOCK SHOW SYNDICATE
This group organized in 1980 as an independent 501(c)(3) to solicit buyers of animals, predominately steers that are sold at public auction at our Junior Sale of Champions. This Committee has approximately 100 members. There are approximately six Committee meetings beginning in October concluding with their wrap up meeting in the spring. The commitments this Committee solicits range from $500 to presently over $100,000 for the Grand Champion Steer.
Members of this Committee welcome Livestock and Equine Exhibitors arriving to the show grounds. Assignments are made for committeemen to work in pairs at different locations where vehicles line up to enter the show grounds. Members are assigned a shift for normally five hours. The Committee also provides stall assignments and any other information that will be helpful to the exhibitors. An extension of this committee is known as the Rodeo Greeting Committee. The Rodeo Greeting Committee greets our PRCA Rodeo Contestants and helps transport them and their gear from the parking lots to the Rodeo Secretary’s Office and the Hospitality Area.
GUNS AND ROSES COMMITTEE
The Guns and Roses committee is a group of local artists, educators, and individuals committed to the youth in our area. The committee played a pivotal role in the creation and re-design of the entire Stock Show Art Contest in 2011. The committee is also responsible for the checking in, judging and display process as well as the awards ceremony that is focused on honoring and recognizing this talented group of young Texas artists.
HISPANIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Hispanic Advisory Committee consists of approximately 15 community and cultural leaders that assist the Stock Show in building unique relationships to promote Western Heritage and strengthen common cultural values that enhance the Stock Show experience. The members work to create a welcoming family focused destination that enhances bi-national relationships that also promote agricultural and livestock sales.
HORSE SHOW SUPERINTENDENTS
In our various breed divisions, people from all walks of life serve as Superintendents. Depending on the particular department, the number varies from two to ten people. The Superintendents are totally responsible for conducting the show for each particular breed or species. There are presently 28 people that serve as Horse Show Superintendents. The various horse shows are divided up and assigned to a specific number of Superintendents to conduct, with most Superintendents working three to four different shows. The time required, depending on your interest, would vary from four to 24 days.
This Committee consists of approximately 27 members whose responsibility is to staff our International Suite which is operated daily during our annual Show. The committee persons are assigned shifts during the hours of operation which is 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Committee members greet, register and provide information to international guests in a private setting where refreshments are available.
In our various Show divisions, people from all walks of life serve as Superintendents. Depending on the particular department, the number varies from two to seventeen people. The Superintendents are totally responsible for conducting the show for each particular event. This includes checking the animals in, conducting the Show and releasing the animals at a designated time. The amount of time required for this responsibility is four to five days.
It is the responsibility of this Committee to organize and stage the annual Stock Show Parade in downtown Fort Worth. The Committee consisting of approximately 110 members has an organizational meeting approximately ten days before the parade.
The Safety Committee consists of approximately 12 local professional firefighters and safety industry experts. Members of this committee work multiple 4-5 hour shifts throughout the 23 day run of the Stock Show. Stationed in the Stock Show First Aid Room, their duties consist of inspecting and resolving potential safety hazards across the show grounds. This ensures a safe environment for all guests, exhibitors and employees.
The Spur Committee works toward increasing awareness of the Stock Show and promoting its mission to an identified demographic through special projects. The main project for the Spur Committee is promoting the Rodeo Roadhouse, our live music venue, to the Stock Show guests.
VINE 2 WINE COMMITTEE
Is your palate fascinated with wine? How about growing the grapes that become that great glass of Merlot or Sauvignon Blanc? Then consider joining the Vine 2 Wine committee – the Stock Show’s newest organization for people who appreciate the science of grape growing, the art of winemaking and the joy of experiencing that enticing bouquet and taste that says, “wow, that’s good!” Volunteers will fill a variety of needs and interact with some of Texas’ most noted sommeliers, wine makers and foodies at Vine 2 Wine events. Activities slated for the 2019 Stock Show include: Wine Camps (tasting workshops): Sip & Shop (shopping and wine sampling); and Chicks & Brix (pairing Champagne and Fried Chicken). Simply complete the volunteer application and we’ll contact you about an interview.
FINANCIAL AND OTHER AREAS OF SUPPORT — Sponsorship and Scholarships
ADVERTISING IN RODEO SOUVENIR ANNUAL
Circulation 21,000 – Sold at each rodeo performance by The Junior League of Fort Worth. Policy is to solicit only advertisers that will benefit from exposure in this publication. Advertisements of a congratulatory nature are not encouraged.
HELP US INTRODUCE NEW PEOPLE TO STOCK SHOW
Many people have moved to the Fort Worth/Dallas area the last few years. Most are unaware of the educational and entertainment opportunities afforded at the Stock Show. When you have the chance, enlighten the newcomers about our event and encourage them to attend.
There are several sales scheduled during the run of the Stock Show. Your attendance and participation in these sales can be very beneficial and will be greatly appreciated.
JUNIOR SALE OF CHAMPIONS
This sale presents an opportunity for the young exhibitors who show champions and prize winners in each class of the Junior Market Livestock Show to sell their animals. Purchasing an animal is an excellent way to support the Show and help a young person reap reward for their hard work and good performance. Approximately 290 steers, barrows, sheep and goats sell. You can conveniently arrange your purchase through either the Stock Show Syndicate or Agricultural Development Fund. Or just come and bid at the sale, held at 9:00 a.m. on the last Saturday of the Stock Show.
RANCH HORSE SHOW AND SALE
Support of this prestigious event as a participant at the sale is a meaningful way to get involved and benefit the Stock Show. The event will be held the first Sunday of the Show.
COMMERCIAL HEIFER SHOW AND SALE
Prestigious cattle event featuring 600 heifers annually from renowned operations across the Southwest. Support of this event as a participant at the sale is an excellent way to get involved and benefit the Stock Show.