2019 Dallas Winter Boat Expo

February 1-3 & 7-10, 2019 at Dallas Market Hall 2200 Stemmons Freeway  Dallas, Texas  75207

The United Boat Dealers of North Texas present an exposition of new boats as well as related equipment and supplies. Many people think of horses when they think of Texas. But with so many lakes in the region, residents in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are more likely to own boats.

Come and check out your options.

Water sports – from skiing to tubbing there is a boat to accommodate your sport. Water sport boats are the most competitive type of boat in the market which means there is a large selection. This boat type is often defined by their speed, maneuverability and towing capabilities.
You choose:

  • Ski Boats
  • Wakeboard Boats
  • Jet Boats
  • Fish & Ski Boats

Or the very popular Cruising and Relaxing

  • Pontoon Boats –  are considered the most popular boat in the world. They are large and most come with couch like seats around the boat. Some even have large enough engine to pull skiers.
  • Cabin Cruisers – Ever want to spend the night on the water? Cabin cruiser boats are just what you need. The amenities of these boats vary – from restrooms to sleeping areas to galleys.

Then of course there are boats for Fishing – The selection of fishing boats is huge and range in size and technology.

  • Bass Boats
  • Sport Fishing
  • Walkarounds

You can attend the boat show for free on Thursdays and Fridays

Here are the hours and admission prices for the show

Friday Feb 1, 2019 3 PM to 8 PM (Free Admission)
Saturday Feb 2, 2019 10 AM to 8 PM
Sunday Feb 3, 2019 10 AM to 4 PM
Thursday Feb 7, 2019 3 PM to 8 PM (Free Admission)
Friday Feb 8, 2019 3 PM to 8 PM (Free Admission)
Saturday Feb 9, 2019 10 AM to 8 PM
Sunday Feb 10, 2019 10AM to 5PM
Prices
Adult $12.00
Children $6.00
Children under 12 Free
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Blood Moon January 20, 2019

A total lunar eclipse is happening at the same time as a supermoon beginning on January 20, 2019 at 10:35 PM ET ending at 1:51 AM ET on January 21, 2019.  Lunar eclipses occur during a full moon, a supermoon occurs when the moon is full and closest to the earth in orbit.  The moon will be in perfect alignment with the sun and Earth, with the moon on the opposite side of the Earth from the sun, causing a shadow to fall on the moon; sunlight scattered through the Earth’s atmosphere causes the moon to appear a dull red, thus the name Blood Moon.  Sunday’s moon is the first of January, and it’s referred to as a wolf moon, in Native American folklore each month’s full moon had a name, and January’s came from the packs of wolves that would howl outside Algonquin villages.

This will be the last total lunar eclipse visible in the United States until 2022  The best time to see the Super Wolf Blood Moon will be at 11:12 p.m. ET Sunday night, although the darkening starts at 9:33PM ET and ends at 12:50AM ET  Here in North Texas we are on Central Time so plan so plan on one hour earlier.  The dramatic change of color will occur after an hour, at 10:33 p.m. ET, or 9:33 p.m. CT here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area when it moves into the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow.

The 2019 total lunar eclipse will last approximately 1 hour and 2 minutes.  It will comence around 11:41 p.m. ET on Jan. 20 and peak around 12:16 a.m. ET on Jan. 21.  Again, for those of us in North Texas, one hour earlier.

So make sure you’re at a dark spot and possibly pack some binoculars if you really want a clearer picture.  No special glasses required for viewing.  Also, remember to give yourself some extra time before the eclipse is set to take place. It takes about 20 minutes for your eyes to adjust to the darkness.

 

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Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo 2019

 

Due to high winds and windchill the Fort Worth Stock Show parade has been canceled for the second time in its history.  The Stock show and Rodeo will continue as scheduled.

January 18, 2019-February 09, 2019

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Founded in 1896, for 122 years people from Fort Worth and all over have eagerly awaited the opening of the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo every January.  This is the last year that the Stock Show Rodeo will be held at the Will Rogers Coliseum.  Next year, in 2020, rodeo performances will be moved to the new Dickies Arena designed to compliment the historic Will Rogers Coliseum while providing a venue for state of the art entertainment.

Don’t miss the tradition of the Fort Worth Stock Show’s “All Western Parade” scheduled Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 11 a.m. in Downtown Fort Worth! The Stock Show Parade is held each year on the first Saturday of the Show. More than 100,000 spectators line the streets of downtown Cowtown to watch this spectacular annual event. An all-western parade means plenty of horses and wagons – but no motorized vehicles are allowed!  Reserved seat tickets for The All Western Parade are available at fwssr.com, also at the Rodeo Ticket Office or call 817-877-2420

There is so much going on at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.  Some of the activities you might enjoy : A bite to eat, served with your favorite beverage at the Stockman’s Cafe.  An event called Swirl Around Vines Wine Wednesdays taking place on Jan 30 & Feb 06.  And of course a stroll on the Carnival Midway is not to be missed.  Family fun awaits your visit to the Petting Zoo or stop by the Milking Parlor to learn where milk comes from, also Planet Agriculture for more education and fun at the same time.

And the Main event : The Rodeos 

Choose from: The Best of Mexico, Cowboys of Color, Bulls’ Night Out, Rodeo X or The World’s Original Indoor Rodeo  ticket prices vary.  You may purchase tickets online at fwssr.com or by calling 817.877.2420. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Stock Show Rodeo Ticket Offices at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Locations include Will Rogers Drive main entrance, at the east entrance to the Richardson-Bass Building and the XTO Energy Gate on Harley Ave. We recommend you purchase directly from fwssr.com or Ticketmaster.

Tickets for admission to the Stock Show grounds can be purchased upon arrival. General admission tickets permit access to all livestock events, educational programs, commercial exhibits and carnival/midway.  Adults: $10  Children 6 – 16: $5  Children 5 & Under: free

Discounts are available.

Check with the Stock Show’s major sponsors, North Texas Chevy Dealers, Mattress Firm and Dickies. Visit ntchevy.com, the Dickie Outlet store at 509 West Vickery or any of the Fort Worth area Mattress Firm stores.

Active and retired military and their immediate family members are eligible to receive free rodeo tickets on February 4th.

Grounds admission is FREE to persons wearing Dickies apparel on January 22 and TCU branded clothing on January 31. ONE GROUNDS PASS is also available on TOLLTAG TUESDAYS to those with a North Texas Tollway Authority tag on their windshield who purchase parking on the grounds. This DOES NOT include rodeo tickets.

TCU students may purchase rodeo tickets for $10 for TCU Day January 31 with a valid student ID which includes grounds admission.

 

 

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HEARD Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

Although the emphasis of the Heard’s education programs is children, the Heard also offers programs that will interest visitors of any age. The Heard’s purpose is threefold: education, conservation, and preservation. Located in McKinney, Texas, less than 40 Miles north … Continue reading

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Happy New Year From Lone Star Travelers

To start your New Year on the right foot (no pun intended) Lone Star Travelers has a book recommendation for you. This is not your evening fireside read but a book chock full of fun hikes in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Keep on track with your 2019 New Years resolutions to be healthy, happy and get into shape. 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles : Dallas/Fort Worth including Tarrant, Collin and Denton Counties by Joanie Sanchez has just released it’s third updated edition in full color. This newest edition also includes a revised user-friendly format. All hikes have been reviewed and updated with current info, and a number of new hikes have been included for new adventures around the metroplex. Whether you are new to the area, a native or have been here long enough to be considered a Texan you will discover an extensive selection of trails to choose from.

Quoting from the press release:

Each hike description features key information on length, hiking time, difficulty, configuration, scenery, traffic, trail surface, and accessibility, as well as information on the history of the area. Detailed trail maps and elevation profiles, along with clear directions to the trailheads with GPS data, help to ensure that you always know where you are and where you’re going. Tips on nearby activities further enhance your enjoyment of every outing.

There is a hike waiting for you, a new place to explore, whether you are a novice or experienced hiker. This book will take you places you might never have discovered on your own.

Release date November 13, 2018 $18.95 retail available at major book retailers or at amazon.com:  https://www.amazon.com/60-Hikes-Within-Miles-Including/dp/1634040945/ref=dp_ob_title_bk

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