Some of the greatest entertainment options and activities for HLSR visitors.
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Sign up those aspiring young cowboys and cowgirls to ride or race sheep in NRG Stadium or out at the Junction carnival during the entirety of the rodeo. Be prepared to witness a whole lot of smiles, laughter, and sometimes tears from the young sheep riders.
If you arrive in Houston a couple of days before arena action kicks off, consider joining the hordes in one of a few running events on February 23, including a 10K, a 5K fun run/walk, and a wheelchair race.
Ranching & Wildlife Expo
For those hunting, fishing, and camping gurus, the Ranching & Wildlife Expo is for you. Aimed at enhancing educational programs that promote the conservation and co-existence of ranching and wildlife habitats, the expo will include various wildlife exhibits and educational seminars. This year, participants can partake in an auction for hunting and fishing trips, outdoor trip opportunities, and more.
During RODEOHOUSTON, discover new heights at the popular carnival event where you and a couple of friends can enjoy all the best foods, including turkey legs and funnel cakes, fun games, and 360-degree views of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on the largest transportable wheel in the United States, La Grande XL. Debuted in 2017, the rodeo’s luxurious Ferris wheel stands at 130 feet and is located in the middle of all the carnival action.
Among all of the shopping at the NRG Center is another rodeo favorite, AGVENTURE. Planned for both children and adults, the event is aimed to educate attendees about agriculture and contains nearly every species of livestock. Visitors will be able to watch baby animals welcomed into the world at the Birthing Center, see eggs hatching at the Poultry center, witness honey get made at the Honey Bees exhibit, take a journey underground at Horticulture, and more.
On February 23, the city of Houston will transform into a celebration of Western heritage for the annual Downtown Rodeo Parade. Families will see decorative floats intermingled with thousands of men and women on horseback, filling the streets with enthusiastic hoofbeats and marching bands.
In 1952, four men traveled on horseback from Brenham, Texas, to raise awareness for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Now, more than 3,000 participants saddle up to take part in one of the 12 trails offered. Departing from all directions, they cover 1,300 miles to carry on the tradition. Their destination? RODEOHOUSTON.
Before the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the rodeo hosts an international wine competition where wine connoisseurs from around the world compete to earn the titles Grand Champion Best of Show, Top Texas Wine, Top All-Around Winery, and more. During RODEOHOUSTON, you’ll be able to sample the winning wines at the Champion Wine Garden.
Among the scheduled themed days are Armed Forces Appreciation Day, when visitors are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue to honor brave men and women for their service in the U.S. military; Black Heritage Day; First Responders Day to salute law enforcement, firefighters, EMS, and other emergency services; and Go Tejano Day, a fiesta and exhibition of traditional Mexican folk dance and music.
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From the January 2019 issue.