Welcome Reception

What better way to unwind after the first day of the conference than to network with fellow conference attendees at the Annual Forum Welcome Reception!  This year attendees will travel over to the Historic Stockyards to explore and watch the Ft. Worth Herd Cattle Drive.  Afterwards attendees will head to the world’s largest honky tonk, Billy Bobs!  Attendees will have a private room with open bar and great food to enjoy while networking with other attendees.  At the end of the reception a bus will be available to take attendees back to the Hilton or they are welcome to continue to explore the Stockyards District.

Reception Agenda

3:30pm – Depart Hilton Hotel.

4:00pm – Enjoy the historic Ft. Worth Herd Cattle Drive through the Stockyards.  Attendees then have the opportunity to explore the Stockyards District.

5:30pm – Attendees meet back at Billy Bob’s Honky Tonk for the Welcome Reception.

7:00pm – Bus leaves for Hilton Hotel.




About Billy Bob’s

The building now known as Billy Bob’s Texas was built in 1910 and was once an open-air barn used to house prize cattle for the Fort Worth Stock Show. In 1936, as a Texas Centennial Project, the building was enclosed by the City of Fort Worth at a cost of $183,500 and the tower over the main entrance was added. The “new” structure contained 1,257 animal stalls, and a 1,200 seat auction ring that is now the Billy Bob’s Bull Riding arena.  Livestock events were held here until the stock show moved to the Will Rogers Memorial Complex, in 1943. During World War II, the building was used as an airplane factory for the Globe Aircraft Corporation.  In the 1950′s the building became a department store so large that the stock boys wore roller skates to make their jobs easier.

Billy Bob’s Texas opened April 1, 1981 with national attention featuring Larry Gatlin & the Gatlin Brothers as the first performers.  Other artists who appeared during opening week included Waylon Jennings, Janie Fricke, and Willie Nelson. With 100,000 square feet of interior space and 20 acres of parking for entertainment and events, Billy Bob’s features 30 individual bar stations, live music with country music’s biggest stars, Live Pro Bull Riding, and a Texas size dance floor for everyone to enjoy. Billy Bob’s Live Pro Bull Riding is sanctioned by Championship Bull Riding (CBR) and contestants compete every Friday and Saturday night. We’re talking real bulls- not mechanical!  Billy Bob’s also offers our guests a chance to be a rodeo star by providing an authentic stuffed bull photo opportunity as if they were part of the live action.