North Texas Fair & Rodeo cowboys up for the 90th time this August

Published on: Thu, Jun 28, 2018

The North Texas Fair & Rodeo will celebrate its 90th year in 2018. Many things have changed, but one thing has not: hats.

A sea of cowboy hats will be visible everywhere. Some will wear one from their collection at home, while others will purchase one from a vendor at the fair.

George Stetson manufactured the first typical cowboy hat in 1865 and the brand still survives today. The type, style, shape, cleanliness and fit of hat you wear reveals whether you are a city slicker or a real cowboy. Your hat tells a tale.

All the styles – of both hats and people – are on display during the North Texas Fair & Rodeo. When the 2018 fair rolls around August 17-25, everybody – cowboys and city slickers alike – will dust off their trusty hats and don their favorite jeans for a night in the rodeo stands.

The rodeo arena is where it all began back in 1928 when townspeople pitted livestock and farm produce against their neighbors’ amidst picnicking, horse racing, music and frivolity. Today, the arena is center stage for the fair’s main attraction: the rodeo.

Every one of the fair’s nine nights features a rodeo. There are Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) rodeos, ranch rodeos and 21 & Under competitions.  Always a highlight, bull riding draws crowds at the wildly-popular 3-night Bull Blowout.

When the cowboys and cowgirls aren’t competing in the arena, a different center stage fills the spotlight. Concerts featuring the top talent in Texas country, classic country and Norteño music rock two stages every night, boots scootin’and hats a-twirlin’ among fairgoers.

And, there are the fair mainstays: carnival, vendors, fair food and family fun. Stroll the midway, slide into the rodeo stands, party on with the bands.  Everywhere you turn, cowboy hats will be there.

Whatever your style – cowboy hat, baseball cap or no cap at all – the North Texas Fair & Rodeo is for you. So sport your own style and we’ll see y’all out there!


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