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Springtime in the Stockyards

A source of pride for locals and of intrigue for visitors, the historic Fort Worth Stockyards is steeped in tradition, an old soul with a youthful spirit. The Stockyards regularly hosts events that appeal to people of all ages, bringing locals together for celebrations infused with the area’s vintage Old West vibe.

Throughout March and April, the Stockyards is hosting spring events, each that invite visitors to enjoy live Texas country music, drink cold beer and indulge in tasty eats, get their faces painted or caricatures drawn, watch armadillo races, and experience fun for the whole family.

If that’s not enough to entertain, there will also be a petting zoo, pony rides, the Cowtown Cattlepen Maze, historical walking tours, and shopping options at Stockyards Station during each event. Visitors can browse the authentic Western shops, enjoy the overall ambience of modernity in the midst of genuine Western, and participate in tried-and-true, classic entertainment.

For students ready for a break, the Stockyards invites you to kick off your Spring Break 2017 the cowboy way — at Spring Break in the Stockyards — during the weekend of March 11 and 12 at the south end of Stockyards Station. Kick up your boots and enjoy your break!

And, if you’re in town during the week of Spring Break, March 11-19, witness gunfight shows every day at 11:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., or take a ride on the Grapevine Vintage Railroad Train, which runs every day from March 13 to March 17.

The festivities don’t stop there, though. On Saturday, March 18, the Fort Worth Stockyards will host Cowtown Goes Green — the city’s largest and most family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebration — featuring free activities for kids, including armadillo races and the Fort Worth Herd Cow Camp. No celebration is complete without a parade! An Irish-themed parade (with a classic Western twist) will follow the 4 p.m. cattle drive.

The springtime activities in the Stockyards continue with the Texas-Sized Easter Egg Hunt. Kids 12 years and younger can experience Easter in true Texas style with a free Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 15 at noon. From noon to 4 p.m., in addition to all the usual offerings of face painting and festival activities, kids can get pictures with the Easter Bunny, or go to Cow Camp from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. A different kind of hunt, the Golden Horse Shoe Hunt, starts at 12:30 p.m. at the outdoor arena behind the Livery.

For those avid runners, or those who just feel like taking a leisurely jog for a good cause, this year is the 10th Annual Stockyards Easter Run benefiting the All-Star Equestrian Foundation. Engage in healthy competition with either the 5K, 10K, and 1K Fun Run, beginning at 8:30 a.m. under the historic Fort Worth Stockyards sign. Registration fees for the 5K and 10K are $25, or $20 team registration for 5 or more participants, and $15 for the 1K. If you register on race day, the fee is $30 for all races. Racers can pick up their packets onsite inside Stockyards Station, April 13 and April 14 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Arrive at 7 a.m. on race day to register and pick up packets at the staging area on East Exchange and Packers Avenue and look for free race-day parking at North Main Street and far East Exchange.

To learn more about the variety of spring events that the Fort Worth Stockyards is offering in the coming months, visit the website at www.stockyardsstation.com/events/spring-break-2017/.