When one thinks about Live-Stock and Rodeo shows, images of cowboys and bull riding come to mind. But the Houston Live-Stock and Rodeo (HoustonRodeo) is so much more. The show kicks off in 2011 on March 1 and goes through the 20th. The 20 day long event is kicked off by the Downtown Rodeo Roundup, the Downtown Rodeo parade and the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run and the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. The Houston Rodeo is a spectacle of livestock judging, music, a carnival, pig racing, barbecue and the Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition, shopping, sales and livestock auctions. It also includes the most profitable regular-season Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeo event. Since 1966, Rodeohouston has been held at Reliant Astrodome, previously known as just the Astrodome in Houston.
The musical line-up for the Hoston Rodeo is down-right impressive. Promoting their 4th album, the Incredible Machine, Sugarland is playing on March 3rd. After signing with Hollywood Records in 2008, Disney’s Selena Gomez sings on March 6th. Country Billboard chart blazers, Zac Brown Band, plays on the 17th. Rounding up the bunch, the incredibly talented and 2008’s CMA and ACM Male Vocalist of the Year winner, Mr. Brad Paisley graces the stage on the 19th. Some of the other artists that have played in the past include huge names such as Elvis Presley, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks the Lynyrd Skynrd.
Not to be outshown, the Rodeo Event is equally as exciting. Each year, the payouts get larger and larger. Ranked the world’s largest rodeo, the Houston Rodeo only invites the absolutely the most top ranked cowboys and girls. In 2007, RodeoHouston introduced the game-changing Super Series format, which is a tournament style event that includes five series events and each series consists of three consecutive events. The top four contestants from each series, based on total money earned, for a total of 20 contestants, will advance to the Super Series Semifinals which includes another three events. The events go in the following order: First: Tie-Down Roping Second: Bareback Third: Team Roping Fourth: Saddle Bronc Fifth: Steer Wrestling Sixth: Bull Riding Seventh: Barrel Racing One fun fact about the 2010 Rodeo was that during the regular rounds there were 378 8-second rides on the back of bucking bulls and horses. The Rodeo purse increased to $1.2 million in 2007 and in 2010 the purse has increased to more than $1.5 million.
If last year is indication, the 2011 Rodeo Houston is going to be massive. 2.2 million people attended last year and shattered the previous years attendance. The 2010 event also required more than 22,000 volunteers. In 2007, the Rodeo was deemed “the year of the volunteer.”