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About Friends of The Fort Worth Herd


The Texas longhorn and the American Cowboy are two of the most enduring symbols of the old west, they are a big reason why Fort Worth earned the nickname "Cowtown".
Today, the romance & mystique of the cattle drive era is alive through the Fort Worth Herd, the world's only twice daily cattle drive. 

Equipped with a diverse group of cowboys, authentic clothing, period tack, and 16 majestic Texas longhorns, the Fort Worth Herd makes its way down East Exchange Avenue twice daily in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards for over 700,000 visitors each year.

In addition to being a driving force in tourism, the Fort Worth Herd has equal value as an educational tool for the over 16,700 school children who learn about history, economics, and finance rooted in Fort Worth's cattle industry through the Fort Worth Herd education program.

​The “Friends of the Fort Worth Herd” (FOFWH) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, directed by a volunteer board and committed to providing critical monetary, in-kind, and volunteer support to the Fort Worth Herd program.  The funds raised through “Friends of the Fort Worth Herd” help to ensure that the Fort Worth Herd continues to be one of the single most recognizable symbols of the City of Fort Worth and an irreplaceable icon of Fort Worth’s rich history and extraordinary present.

Previous year's event funds were utilized to support the Herd's educational programming which serviced over 17,500 school children last year, in addition to, the Friends of the Fort Worth Herd has provided the renovation of the horse barn that stables all of the Fort Worth Herd's program horses.


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About Friends of The Cowtown Coliseum


The Cowtown Coliseum project was started in 1907 and completed in 1908, at a cost of $25,000. It was said at the time that "Texas will have at Fort Worth the largest, most elegant, and perfectly appointed livestock exhibition building in the South and without superior in the United States."

The Cowtown Coliseum was the first indoor coliseum in the United States, and has been the site of a number of firsts including the original home of the Fort Worth Fat Stock Show. The Coliseum served as the cultural center for Fort Worth.  Everyone from Presidents to the Russian Ballet has appeared in the building's hallowed halls.​

The Cowtown Coliseum has been the location of numerous movies, television shows and music videos.  George Strait and Billy Dean have filmed music videos at the historical venue. Movies with scenes filmed at the Coliseum have included "Tough Enough", with Dennis Quaid, and "Pure Country" with George Strait.  The CBS TV show "Walker Texas Ranger" with Chuck Norris has also filmed scenes in and around the Coliseum.​

The Cowtown Coliseum is located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, and has a rich history steeped in Rodeo and the West.

Friends of the Cowtown Coliseum was established to provide funding for the restoration of the historic Cowtown Coliseum.

Last year's funds provided funding for a historic timeline and educational display of legendary African American Cowboy, Bill Pickett, both of which are now on display inside the Coliseum for guests to enjoy.


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