Fort Worth Local Customs

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    Chuck Wagon Parade

    by keeweechic Written Oct 23, 2004

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    The festival kicks off with a chuck wagon parade on the Friday around noon and works its way from downtown Fort Worth, down Main Street, to the historic Fort Worth Stockyards. First of all the mounted Fort Worth Police strut their stuff.

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    Quebe Sisters

    by keeweechic Written Oct 23, 2004

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    I first saw these girls on TV. on either the Texas Country Report series or on the Today Show. I was delighted to see them performing in the stockyards for the festival. While again, I say, this is not my sort of music usually, its great to see young performers enjoying their music. These fiddling sisters from Burleson, Texas often play their western swing, vintage country and tradition - often in 3 part harmony. They are Hulda 13, Sophia 16 and Grace 18 (2004). Their interest in the music came after going to a local fiddling contest and all 3 decided to get into it. They have each won Texas State Fiddling championships. The highlight of the girls' young careers to-date was an invitation by Ricky Skaggs to perform as his guests at the 78th birthday celebration of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. These girls are just so talented.

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    Cowboy Music

    by keeweechic Written Oct 23, 2004

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    There is also plenty of Cowboy music with scheduled entertainment by well known Texas artists including Red Steagall himself and the Boys in the Bunkhouse. Now I’m not into this type of music so I had no idea who he was. As a native Texas, Red has had a long recording and performing career covering something like 35 years all around the world. He has even performed in the White House. He also had a career as a music industry executive in Hollywood and is today involved in the production of motion pictures and TV. shows. It seems he is best known for his Texas Swing dance music. He has been officially inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Since 1991, Red has hosted the Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering in the stockyards, Fort Worth.

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    Poetry Competition

    by keeweechic Written Oct 23, 2004

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    The event which runs over a 3 days weekend in October takes in various events such as a Ranch Rodeo, entertainment and a Cowboy poetry competition which includes a children’s poetry contest for those 8 – 12 and 13 – 18 with the prize being the chance for a cash scholarship toward college tuition. This Festival is held every year in October over a 3 day weekend.

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    Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering

    by keeweechic Written Oct 23, 2004

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    I just happened to be in Fort Worth when this was happening, had no idea it was on or what it was all about. I just saw a crowd gathering at the stockyards and I asked. Later I found out what a huge annual event this was for young and old alike. This was certainly the most cowboy boots and hats on people I had seen in one place.

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    Arts Festival Exhibitors

    by keeweechic Updated Oct 3, 2004

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    Participants in the Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival have to go through a selection process which requires them to submit three slides of their work along with the application and style of set-up. A jury then selects the artists based purely on their goods, their name is unknown to the jury.

    Out of usually 1,000 applicants, 200 are selected so the standard of the festival is very high.

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    Tornedo Hits Fort Worth

    by keeweechic Updated Sep 21, 2004

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    On March 28 2000 at 6.15pm, a tornado ripped through downtown Fort Worth killing 5 and injuring over 100. There was something like 500 million dollars in property damage to Fort Worth and surrounding areas. One of the buildings which sustained severe damage was the 37-storey Bank One Tower. When it was built in 1974 it was the tallest building on the Fort Worth Skyline. Initially it was decided to implode the building. For some 2 years the Bank One building sat with its plywood window covers while arguments and decisions were made as to what to do with the building. In the summer of 2004, renovations were underway to convert the building to a residential skyscraper with a new name of 'The Tower'.

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    More ...Interesting Visits and Facts

    by keeweechic Written Sep 21, 2004

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    Celebrated classical pianist Van Cliburn is a long-time resident of Ft Worth and brings a premier piano competition here every four years.

    Catwoman made her home in Ft Worth for a few years. Julie Newmar lived just off Forest Park Blvd, near the zoo. She was the original Catwoman.

    "Machine Gun" Kelly spent a lot of time in Ft Worth, and even met his 2nd wife here. They tended to hide out at their house on Mulkey St. George "Machine Gun" Kelly was encouraged by his first wife Kathryn Thorne go become heavily involved in crime, she even bought him a machine gun (hence the name). His concentration was on running illegal alcohol but also robbed some banks prior to being involved in the Urschel kidnapping. Urschel was one of Oklahoma's most affluent oil barons. He was released unharmed.

    (Initial info taken from http://www.webpages4u.com/ftworth/notable.htm and elaborated on by writer)

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    Interesting Visits and Facts

    by keeweechic Written Sep 21, 2004

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    John F. Kennedy is one of many presidents to have visited Ft Worth. He had his last dinner here, and spent his last night at what is now the Radison Hotel (downtown).

    Lee Harvey Oswald attended school in Ft Worth, at Clayton Public School, Arlington Heights Elementary, Ridglea West Elementary and Arlington Heights High School . There is also the possibility that attended Stripling Junior High. And of course, he is buried in Ft Worth at Rose Hill Memorial Burial Park, 7301 East Lancaster Ave, Ft Worth Texas.

    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid visited Ft Worth to relax at Mary Porter's brothel (since closed). Ft Worth is also where they met Etta Place, who joined them for their Bolivian trip.

    Bonnie and Clyde stayed at the Stockyards Hotel when they visited Ft Worth.

    "Squeaky" Fromme is rumoured to be currently residing in the Women's Federal Prison Hospital in Ft Worth. “Squeaky” or Lynnette, attempted to assassinate President Gerald Ford (September 5, 1975). She was found guilty of attempted murder (November 26, 1975) and sentenced to life in prison (December 17, 1975)

    Moon-walking Astronaut Alan L. Bean and Singer John Denver also attended Arlington Heights High School .

    Theodore Roosevelt was the first U.S. president to visit Ft Worth. On April 8, 1905 T.R. arrived to go wolf hunting with Burk Burnett, W.T. Waggoner, and Commanche Chief Quanah Parker. Quanah Parker was the last Chief of the Commanches and never lost a battle to the white man. His was the last tribe in the Staked Plains to come into the reservation system.

    (Initial info taken from http://www.webpages4u.com/ftworth/notable.htm and elaborated on by writer)

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    A 19th Century Drover in the 21st Century

    by grandmaR Written Sep 15, 2004

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    The six drovers in 19th century gear have to ensure that the longhorns stay together -- and off the sidewalks. The diverse group of drovers are picked for their horsemanship and people skills. They have to be able to answer questions about the cattle drives from spectators or the media. Some of the drovers reflect the contributions of blacks and Hispanics to the cattle industry - about 30 percent of the 18th-century drovers were minorities.

    The job does pay a little better today. In the 19th century, wranglers earned about $20 per week. The Fort Worth drovers make about $13 per hour, plus benefits.

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    Events

    by keeweechic Updated Sep 5, 2004

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    Important Events : There's a calendar full of annual events, including the South-western Exposition and Live Stock Show and Rodeo in late Jan. - early Feb. (one of the nation's best) Main St. Fort Worth Arts Festival in April Mayfest in May Chisholm Trail Roundup and Chief Quanah Parker Comanche Pow Wow in June Pioneer Days in Sept. and Oktoberfest in Oct.

    Thank Y'all For Visiting

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    Parking in Downtown

    by keeweechic Written Sep 5, 2004

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    There are several parking garages/lots in the downtown area and parking is free after 5.pm and on weekends.

    4th & Main Street, Chisholm Trail
    4th & Houston, Gateway Lot
    4th & Throckmorton, Sundance Square Garage 3
    Calhoun & 3rd, City Center Garage 2
    Calhoun & 3rd, City Center Lot
    Calhoun & 2nd City Center Garage 1
    3rd & Main St, ½ Flying Saucer Lot

    Parking Meters : Parking on meters is free after 6 p.m. weekdays and on Saturdays, Sundays and the following holidays and free to those with disabled veteran license plates or a handicap permit. Meters have either a two-hour time limit or a ten-hour time limit. The two-hour meters are located in areas where parking demand is higher and the need for parking turnover is greater. Meter rates vary from .75 to .20 an hour in the downtown area.

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    Mayfest

    by keeweechic Written Sep 4, 2004

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    Mayfest is held over 4 days around the end of April/beginning of May. The eventis a multi-event and outdoor community festival which raises funds for the community as well as tries to promote an awareness of the parks, streams and valleys in Ft Worth. The event is held on the banks of the Trinity River in Trinity Park on the east side of University Drive (north of I-30).

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    Stockyards Wedding Chapel

    by grandmaR Updated Sep 1, 2004

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    Wedding Chapel

    This chapel is in the Fort Worth's Stockyards National Historical District, and they say they can accommodate from 2 to 100 guests. They actually have TWO wedding chapels - the Hitchin' Post which can take up to 10 guests and the Double Diamond which is the larger one. They also have a new reception area, and rooms for the bride and groom to dress in. Their website says:

    "Then, for the perfect ending, make your exit in one of the fabulous antique horse-drawn carriages or mount matching steeds or, even, longhorn steers to ride off into the matrimonial sunset:"

    I thought a wedding chapel in the Stockyards shopping and restaurant area was a little odd, but I guess if this is the ambience you want for your wedding, this would be the place.

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    Wood Exhibit Displays

    by keeweechic Updated Feb 14, 2004

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    Some of the woodwork on display was outstanding. I am not usually into wooden products but I couldn't help but like a few stalls with highly polished and turned goods - very unique.

    (Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival)

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