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The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) is a dusty, rowdy and all-out remarkable jewel of Texas. Keeping old and new traditions alive, this event is the largest livestock and rodeo show in the world. Now that’s Texas-sized. New Orleans has Mardi Gras, Houston has the HLSR. Famous entertainers from Elvis Presley to Justin Bieber have performed at this event, and the list this year is no exception. Here are some facts about the HLSR to inspire you to make the trip to Houston!
Clearly, this event has always drawn celebrities. In fear of being swarmed by adoring fans, Rogers allegedly wore a fake mustache and a fireman’s uniform to avoid the crowds while he enjoyed the rodeo.
The fact that this sport exists is a reason all its own to attend HLSR. Five- to six-year-olds ride on the backs of sheep hanging on for dear life. Cue the YouTube spiral.
With over 300 vendors, you can grab some new cowboy boots or whatever farm gear you need.
If a Texas summer is intimidating to you, this show is a great time of year to visit the city. During “Azalea Season,” Houston‘s flowers are blossoming and the weather is at a lovely 70 degrees.
Since the rodeo is such a money-maker for the city of Houston, HLSR decided to give back to the community each year.
Because you need to show off your eating skills.
According to the show’s website, “Expanded over the life of the show’s current 30-year lease at NRG Park, the increase in government revenue is estimated by the Show staff to exceed $820,000,000.” From an increase in the number of people contributing to the overall revenue of the city to the jobs created, HLSR gives Houston a great economic boost.
Believe it or not, the first event lost money. Since opening, this show has evolved and grown into an event that has survived wars and recessions.
Because you’ll need some wine to wash down all that brisket!
If you want to help get kids off their phones and into a life-changing experience, bring them along to HLSR for a long-lasting memory.
If you’re a student and have a special gift of catching baby cows, you should consider signing up for this event. If you’re skilled/lucky enough to catch one, you can earn a $1,750 certificate to purchase a registered beef heifer or market steer to show at next year’s HLSR.
If you’re nostalgic for the days of visiting grandparents or friends on their farm, walk through the barns of HLSR to take a look at some cows and horses without having to drive out to the edges of the city.
Like chocolate-covered jalapeños and giant pickle-stuffed corn dogs to name just a few treats.