Everyone loves a Rodeo, with the events that go back to the days of the old west. And this one is very special. The show gives out scholarships to students in Houston to the tune of millions of dollars a year. This alone would be a reason to come, just to support students who otherwise would not be able to achieve their dream of going to college.
But you will also have a great time, like only the folks of Texas can put on. Every child should attend a rodeo at least once in his or her life. Experiencing it in person is so much more exciting than seeing it on TV.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo takes place this year Feb 27 to March 18 at Reliant Park. At more than 300 acres, Reliant Park is big enough to hold almost any event.
You can enjoy seeing The Ranch Rodeo, a look back at how the rodeo started on the ranches in the old west. There will be horse shows, mule and donkey shows. A cutting Horse Show. This is not like the other shows. For those who are not familiar with a Cutting horse, it is the most important partner and cowboy can have. A Cutting horse is specially trained to separate or “cut” a cow from the rest of the herd, to be branded for example and the competition is both exciting and educational.
For those who would like a break from the events, there is the Rodeo Uncorked! Wine Show. There is more to Texas than horses and the wine show features wines not only from Texas, but also from around the world.
You can’t have an event this size without entertainment and they have some of the best around like George Strait, Reba Mc Entire. Natalie Cole, Clay Walker, Cheetah Girls and Miley Cyrus As Hannah Montana and that is only part of the list.
There will also be special celebrations of the contributions of the Black Cowboys and the Spanish contributions to the history of Texas. March 1 is Black Heritage Day and on Go Tejano Day come and enjoy a Mariachi Contest.
2007 International Days Feb. 27 – March 6, 2007
This is a very special part of the event, focusing on the international visitors, helping them understand the Rodeo and they have a special dinner gala and ladies luncheon. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is one event that touches all bases.
This is just the tip of the ice berg for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. There is so much going on that you will need to make you own time table to be sure you see everything you want, but it will be well worth it. Be sure to get your tickets as early as possible. Some of the events have limited seating and will sell out fast, so take some time and go though the site and if you decide to go, you will have a time to remember.