Did you know that the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (aka RodeoHouston) is the largest of its kind…in the world? To say that this event is a popular Texas tradition would be an understatement. In 2017, RodeoHouston’s attendance was more than the population of any city in the state! This year’s event runs from February 25th through March 17th at NRG Park. Below are a few fun facts about this rowdy, remarkable, Texas-sized show.
It has been around since the 1930s. The Houston Fat Stock Show and Livestock Exposition was established in 1931; this led to the first ever show, which took place in 1932 at the Democratic Convention Hall. The show was held there until the hall was demolished in 1937. The following year, it moved to the Sam Houston Coliseum and returned even bigger than before with a newly added horse show and parade.
Musical entertainment is a BIG deal. Everyone from Elvis Presley to Reba McEntire to Bob Dylan to T. Swift has performed at the rodeo. This tradition goes back to 1942, when “The Singing Cowboy” himself, Gene Autry, debuted as the first star to perform at the show. This year’s line up is stacked with popular entertainers from all musical genres – Cardi B., Tim McGraw, Camila Cabello, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, and Panic! At The Disco are just a few big time names set to perform in 2019.
There’s a Bar-B-Que Contest. In 1974, RodeoHouston held the first World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest and has been a huge tradition ever since. More than 250 teams will compete in this year’s prestigious three-day contest. Last year, “Buns-N-Roses” took home the Overall Grand Champion Team title (they also won the Ribs Champion title). Cue the drool. We can already smell the sweet, sweet barbeque.
Rodeo…Uncorked? Yes, you read that correctly. RodeoHouston is actually a wine lover’s paradise. The 2019 Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition was held back in November. The next big wine event is on February 17th when the Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup & Best Bites Competition will have the champion wines from November paired with delicious plates from top chefs. During the rodeo, visitors can enjoy a selection of the award-winning wines in the Champion Wine Garden. Bottoms up!
Giving Back. This may be surprising to those who don’t necessarily equate rodeos with charitable giving: RodeoHouston has committed more than $475 million to Texas youth since its 1932 beginning! Nearly 19,000 scholarships have been presented since 1957, with more than 2,300 students currently on rodeo scholarships. 800 scholarships are expected to be awarded to Texas students this year. Amazing.
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