A cowboy walks his dog at the San Antonio Rodeo Stock Show and Rodeo. Photo by Scott Ball.

The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo fairgrounds were completely blanketed with cowboy hats, barbecue, carnival games and rides for the whole family. I slipped through the enormous crowds and long lines to capture some of the activities.

There’s no shortage of things to do with everything from a petting zoo, snake house, wine tasting tent, and a giant marketplace full of mattresses, leather goods, and – of course – custom cowboy hats.

Horse auctions were definitely the serious business of the afternoon with some horses going for upwards of $15,000. I believe my favorite attraction had to have been the pig race, it definitely had everyone at the edge of their seat.

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Scott Ball

Scott Ball is San Antonio Report's photo editor and grew up in San Antonio.