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Show and Rodeo


Houston Livestock


Rides into Town


BY HOLLY BERETTO


PHOTO COURTESY OF HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO


I


f you ever doubted that everything is bigger in Texas, you need to see the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.


Every year, the HLSR takes over Houston’s Reliant Park complex,


turning it into a


fantastic family-friendly mecca celebrating HLSR’s mission: agriculture, education, entertainment, and Western heritage. T e HLSR off ers a dazzling array of


things to do and see. From the bright lights and thrill rides of the carnival, to the award- winning wines you can sample in the Rodeo Uncorked! Champion Wine Garden, to the hundreds of vendors off ering everything from candy


to cowboy boots, there is


something for the entire family to enjoy. And that’s all before you even enter the stands— inside Reliant Stadium, A-list stars perform, FFA and 4-H members show off their


Bigger in Texas


livestock, and the cowboys and cowgirls show their skill and athleticism in the rodeo arena.


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“T e Houston Livestock Show and has fun-fi lled activities for the


whole family,” says Skip Wagner, president of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. “Children and adults alike can explore the fascinating world of agriculture by visiting AGVENTURE and Fun on the Farm, and learn what it is like to complete daily farm chores. At the carnival, there are rides from mild to wild, with games around every bend. Visit on a Value Day Wednesday and get a $10 Rodeo ticket to enjoy action-packed rodeo and superstars in concert. It’s 20 days of non-stop fun!” Twenty-six thousand volunteers help make the show possible, and are on the


• • •


• RODEOHOUSTON is the world’s largest rodeo. • More than $1.6 million in prize money is awarded to the cowboys and cowgirls. • The Houston Livestock Show is the largest in the world and holds the records in all junior-market auction categories.


• 7,265 full-time equivalent jobs are created because of HLSR; annual aggregate gross sales in the region are increased by $475 million.


• Currently, 26,000 volunteers make the show possible. • 2012 Scholarships to be awarded by HLSR total more than $9.5 million.


Concert Lineup


Tuesday, Feb. 28: Alabama Thursday, March 1: Lady Antebellum Sunday, March 4: Big Time Rush Thursday, March 8: ZZ Top Friday, March 9: Reba McEntire Monday, March 12: Zac Brown Band Tuesday, March 13: Miranda Lambert Wednesday, March 14: The Band Perry Saturday, March 17: Brad Paisley


grounds helping with directions, selling carnival tickets, pouring wine, showing the little ones how they can take part in Mutton Bustin’, and serving as ushers to the rodeo events and concerts. Individual


tickets start at $18 and


include admission to the Show events in Reliant Center, Reliant Arena, the carnival, and the Hideout (21 and over music entertainment) and can be purchased at www.rodeohouston.com. Daily admission to Show events, excluding the rodeo and concert, are available at HLSR ticket


windows. • ● ● The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo runs from Feb. 28 - March 18 For a complete lineup, visit www.rodeohouston.com


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