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Fort Worth Flashback: Stock Show grub mainly consists of tried-and true recipes

Posted Jan. 18, 2015

1947 stock show

At the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, you can always find cowboys, kids, cows and chickens by the trailer load. There’s another tradition with a menu that rarely changes — the chow.

When the crowds queue up for grub, they’re usually looking for the familiar standbys they enjoyed last year — or 20 years and 20 pounds ago. Unlike the State Fair of Texas, where new palate-bending fried concoctions are trotted out every year, the Fort Worth event stays with the tried-and-true rib-stickers like barbecue, a perennial top seller.

This photo shows a time when food and beverage offerings were not as abundant: a 1947 concession stand located along the midway.

The 2015 version of the Stock Show runs through Feb. 7.

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