Thousands Visit Fort Worth Stockyards for Cowtown Goes Green

Several thousand people filled the stockyards of Fort Worth this weekend for the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

22th According to Ethan Cartwright of Fort Worth Stockyards Heritage Development, the annual “Cowtown Goes Green” took place on a Saturday and was attended by 75,000 to 100,000 people.

“It’s a real holiday,” Cartwright said. “We work so hard to preserve our heritage and promote the heritage of Animal Farms and Fort Worth in general, that when we get the chance to roll out the green carpet and celebrate something like St. Patrick’s Day, all businesses embrace it and there’s a ton of fun.”

The annual celebration included celebratory food and drink, live music and ironclad racing, and an Irish-Western style Saturday parade. Brandon Wiederholt and his family are visiting from Kansas City.

“It’s crazy. It’s a lot more than we thought. Lots of fun!” Wiederholt said.

According to Cartwright, the number of visitors has increased over the years. Before the pandemic, about 3 million people visited Fort Worth’s barnyards each year. Their data shows that the redevelopment of Mule Alley and the Drover Hotel has boosted attendance to around 8 million people a year, according to Fort Worth Stockyards Heritage Development.

“It has never been more visible and promising for the development and future of the business than it is today,” said Cartwright. “The pandemic has just hurt everyone, but this is Western spirit at its finest. No one has ever bowed or bent. We stayed. We stood our ground. We moved out, and now people appreciate it all. This is the kind of endurance people and enterprises at Animal Farms are famous for.”

Flea Style opened its warehouse in Fort Worth in October 2021. The shop specializes in tailoring of headdresses by the individual order. Assistant manager Ashley Chipman said big events like the Cowtown Goes Green mean more pedestrians, but business remains solid on regular days.

“We are on the rise. Travelers are always coming. It’s a fun way to get a hat and have some fun,” Chipman said.

According to Fort Worth Stockyards Heritage Development, there is currently no available business space in the Stockyards.

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