Attending the Belt Buckle Bonanza? Here are Some Tips for a Successful Week!

Author: Kristy

Where is the EXTRACO Events Center?

Physical Address: 4601 Bosque Blvd Waco, TX 76710

A gate will be open at the corner of Bosque Blvd and Lake Air Drive.

All cattle stall assignments will be given to exhibitors at the Stalling Booth as exhibitors enter.

Lamb and Goat pens, as well as Swine pens are available on a first come-first served basis.

Where is the Waco Hilton?

113 South University Parks Drive is within a few blocks of Interstate 35.

Livestock Check In Questions?

Pig, Lamb and Goat exhibitors will declare their own weight on the card and turn it back into the office by the designated time.

Swine weigh back is 10 pounds.

Lamb weigh back is 5 pounds.

Goat weigh back is 3 pounds.

Steers will have an official weigh in and classification. There is no steer weigh back, but classification will follow the new classification breed format.

Heifer check in only requires the original registration paper in the exhibitor’s name.

Showmanship sign up sheets will be in the office. You must be a TJLA member to compete in showmanship. Swine exhibitors bring your $5 to the gate at the time of the show. Lamb, Goat, Heifer and Steer showmanship is free to participate.

Additional Activities During the Show?

  • Pick up the official 2016 Belt Buckle Bonanza T-Shirt. They are $20 and will be for sale in the office.
  • Watch the Miss TJLA Pageant on Thursday, June 30 at 8:30 am at the Hilton Waco in Brazos Ballrooms A and B.
  • The TJLA Junior Directors are hosting a dance on Friday, July 1 from 7:00 to 11:00 pm at the Hilton Waco in Brazos Ballrooms A and B.
  • Attend the Stock Show University Clinics taking place throughout the week. Make new friends at the show while you learn new skills from the professors.

Cattle Showmanship Clinic – Thursday, June 30 at 3:30 pm
Professors – Jeff Jackson and Michael Schertz
Cattle Fitting & Grooming Clinic – Saturday, July 2 at 2:30 pm
Professors – Jeff Jackson and Michael Schertz
Swine Showmanship Clinic – Thursday, June 30 at 4:30 pm
Professor – Luke Parr
Lamb & Goat Showmanship Clinic – Friday, July 1 at 9:30 am
Professors – Glen and Sierra Martin

Bar-B-Que or Steaks Anyone?

George’s Restaurant and Bar is a favorite place for many in Waco. Students from Baylor University comingle with business people on any given day. In addition George’s also serves steaks, and other classic favorites. It is rated Number 6 in the Ten Best Restaurants in Waco. Located at 1925 Speight Ave, it is a good place to eat.

Mama and Papa B’s Bar-B-Q the reviews for this place go through the roof. “It is not much to look at,” according to one reviewer, “but the food is wonderful.” The address is 525 S 8th St, and their phone number is 254-754-8001.

135 Prime at 1201 Hewitt Drive serves great food, and has an excellent wine list for the adult members of your party. Voted best steak of Waco. Reservations are suggested. 254-666-3100.

Heitmiller Steakhouse at 4509 N IH 35 makes great steaks. Phone 254-867-1400 for more information.

The Brazos Bar and Bistro at 211 Clay Avenue has been called “an oasis between Dallas and Austin. Voted the Number 1 Restaurant in Waco in 2015, it also is hailed as a great place to come after a ballgame.

Staying at the Hilton, and want something close?

Diamondback’s right across from the Waco Hilton at 217 Mary Avenue is a great restaurant, but it is expensive. Eeservations are suggested. 254-757-2871.

Cricket’s Grill & Draft House right across from the Hilton at 221 Mary Ave. It is a sports bar that is highly popular with the locals. Traditional American food is served to its patrons.

Ninfa’s Mexican Restaurant is one of the most popular places to eat in Waco especially during stock shows. Located at 215 Mary Ave.

Brazos Grille and Lobby Bar is the closest place to eat for those staying at the Hilton. It’s located in the Hilton. The bar is a highly popular place for adults to gather after a long day at the barn.

Trying to feed a Hungry Group While Still at the Fairgrounds?

In addition to the concessions at the Extraco Event Center, there are several fast food places located close to the fairgrounds.

Jason’s Deli located at 4302 West Waco Drive is only a few blocks from the fairgrounds. Originated in Beaumont, Texas, it is a very consistent chain with typical deli offerings. And if the order is large enough, you get free delivery.

No trip to Waco would be complete without a visit to Bush’s Chicken. It is the closest restaurant to the Fairgrounds, and the chicken is great. Located at 1425 North New Road, you can phone in your order so it will be ready when you pick it up.

Whataburger has a new location at 1101 North Valley Mills Drive (at the corner of Lake Air and Valley Mills.)

Little Caesar’s Pizza at 1320 S. Valley Mills is only 2.65 miles from the fairgrounds. Phone 254-754-0123.


Papa Rollo’s Pizza at 703 North Valley Mills Drive their calzones are great if you would rather have that than Pizza. 703 North Valley Mills Drive. Phone 254-776-6776.

Baris III Pasta and Pizza is highly rated among the locals. It is located at 904 North Valley Mills Drive and the phone number is 254-772-2900.

Domino’s Pizza is located at 1520 Hewett Drive and the phone number is 254-666-0222. Good news, they are open to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.

Papa John’s 720 South Seventh Street in Waco. Phone 254-756-2515.

In addition….

Waco is a city with many and varied restaurants. If nothing above suits you, then I suggest that you consult the web to find a restaurant serving the type of food you desire.

Other popular chain restaurants include Chili’s, the Cotton Patch, On the Border, Olive Garden and Texas Roadhouse. Several other chains have restaurants in Waco for those who favor a chain.

If you have any other questions please come find us at the show in the Livestock Office.

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