If you’re here, you’ve surely read our cover story on 52 things you must do if you want to call yourself a Dallasite. We imagine there are a few that you’ve already done, and we’re positive there are a bunch you haven’t. We want to give you some added incentive to take advantage of all the greatest city in the world has to offer. For the next 52 weeks, we’ll be running a series of challenges, and giving away a big prize to the winner of each challenge. At the end of each challenge period, we’ll randomly select a winner from everyone who participated. Every challenge will have its own rules, but be prepared for something of a city-wide scavenger hunt—and be prepared to take photos of yourself in action, to prove how much of a Dallasite you really are. Happy hunting.

Challenge #5: Cowboy

Challenge period: October 1-31
Prize: Pair of Cattle Baron Ball Tickets

Do you have what it takes to be a Dallas cowboy? Enter for your chance to win a pair of Cattle Baron Ball tickets. Be sure to post your favorite of the bunch on Instagram with hashtag #Dallas52Things and tag @D_Magazine and @cattlebaronsball so we can follow your experience. Each photo is an entry.

#1 Give Thanks for Tailgating at AT&T Stadium

On Thanksgiving, join thousands of fans in the sea of concrete surrounding Jerry World to guzzle beer, toss around the ol’ pigskin, and eat turkey. Find the people grilling an entire bird. If you’re lucky, they’ll share. If you’re luckier, the Cowboys might even win.

#2 Take Two-Step Lessons at the Round-Up Saloon

Mosey over to this lively, gay cowboy-themed bar on the Cedar Springs strip and you can learn the boot-scootin’ boogie. Free classes run Monday through Thursday and include everything from the basic shuffle to line dancing. Check their website (roundupsaloon.com) for the full schedule.

#3 Go to a Rodeo

There’s an arena for every buckaroo. Got small kids? Take them to the Mesquite Championship Rodeo, where they can frolic in the sawdust every Saturday night from June 2 to August 25. Shopping for a horse? Head to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo January 18 through February 9. Only care about the money? The American, held in AT&T Stadium at the end of February, is known as “The World’s Richest One-Day Rodeo” because of the $1 million side pot that pays out on the final day. Like tricks? Catch the Stockyards Championship Rodeo (and Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show) on weekends at the historic Cowtown Coliseum.

#4 Get a Pair of Custom Cowboy Boots

You can’t have this pair. They belong to Don Knobler, perhaps the most rabid Mavericks fan in town. Here’s where to shop: Lucchese, Miron Crosby, Pinto Ranch.

#5 Dress Up for Charity

Should you attend Cattle Baron’s Ball or the Dallas Museum of Art’s Art Ball?

If you inherited your money from a great-grandfather who owned half of North Dallas, then Cattle Baron’s Ball.

If you are on the board of an organization with a Flora Street address, then Art Ball.

If you have a $5,000 pair of designer cowboy boots in your closet, then Cattle Baron’s Ball.

If you employ an art consultant, then Art Ball.

If someone in your family has a story of drunk dancing with Larry Hagman in the mud in the 1980s, then Cattle Baron’s Ball.

If you want to dance awkwardly with Dirk Nowitzki, then Art Ball.

If you are comfortable with the chairs discussing how many millions your family can raise for a local nonprofit, then Cattle Baron’s Ball.

If you are comfortable with the chairs discussing the quality of your art collection, then Art Ball.

Submission for Challenge #5

Submit your photos of cowboy-related Dallas festivities here. This could be photos of you tailgating at AT&T stadium on previous Thanksgivings, dancing at The Round Up, attending Cattle Baron’s Ballin previous years, at the rodeo, etc. Current challenge starts October 1, and ends October 31, 2018. Each image is an entry.

This challenge has ended.


#1: Instagram

Challenge dates: Apr. 2-9

Prize: Two VIP tickets to the April 14 Eye Ball party as a guest of 1530 Main

#2: Activities

Challenge dates: Apr. 10-Jun. 30

Prize: 1 night stay at The Adolphus + 60-minute Spa treatment from Spa Adolphus + Dinner for two in The French Room

#3: Food/Drink

Challenge dates: Jul. 1-September 1

Prize: Private Party for 20 in the Monkey Bar ($1,000 value)

#4: Events

Challenge dates: September 1 – 30

Prize: A complimentary cocktail + a private mixology lesson + 1 night stay at the Rosewood Mansion

#5: Cowboy

Challenge dates: Oct. 1-31

Prize: Pair of Cattle Baron Ball Tickets

#6: Sports

Challenge dates: Nov. 1-Nov. 30

Prize: FC Dallas Package: A pair of tickets, swag bag, VIP game day experience ($250 value) + 2 Tickets to an upcoming Dallas Mavericks game during the 2018-2019 Season (Date/Time TBD).

#7: Timing

Challenge dates: Dec. 1-Feb. 28, 2019

Prize Coming Soon

#8: Experiences

Challenge dates: Mar. 1-31, 2019

Prize Coming Soon


What is the 52 Things Every Dallasite Must Do challenge?

Whether you’ve lived in Dallas your entire life or you just followed Toyota to town, there is plenty to explore here. Our editors created a list of the 52 Things You Must Do in Dallas and we turned it into a scavenger hunt!

How do I enter?

Submit your photographic evidence in the form above.

How long is the challenge?

The overall challenge lasts 52 weeks, but each challenge period differs. The current challenge is Dallas Events which starts October 1, and ends October 31.

What is the current challenge?

The current challenge is cowboy-related Dallas festivities.

How and when will the winner be announced?

We will pick a winner at random from the pool of entries. We will announce the winner 1 week after the submission period ends, and the winner will be contacted via email.

Official Rules and Terms & Conditions

Click here to view official contest rules and terms and conditions.

I have another question.

Contact Carly Mann for general questions or Tracy Albertson for sponsorship opportunities.

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