Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Put on your boots y’all, it’s rodeo time! Part 1


(I LOVE my boots! the boyfriend did good, real good!)

The time has come. Rodeo Season is here!! If you have been living under a rock and didn’t know… Houston has THE best and THE biggest Rodeo in the world. Understandable, because everything really is bigger in Texas.

The History


1931 – The Fat Stock Show and Livestock Exposition is    established after 7 men meet for lunch.

1938 – The first Fat Stock Show, horse show and parade is held at the Sam Houston Coliseum.

1952 – The first trail ride takes place. FOUR men take the ride from Brenham to Houston. *now, thousands take the ride from all over Texas to Houston. Rides ranging from 66 miles – 216 miles. (let me tell you from experience, you do not want to get stuck behind them in traffic! it took me an hour and a half to get 10 miles to work one day)

1961 – The Fat Stock Show is officially changed to The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

1966 - The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo moves from the Sam Houston Coliseum to the Astrodome complex. The first performance in the new domed stadium draws 25,340 spectators, and attendance even tops 40,000 for one performance.

1974 - The first World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest is held.

1995 – Paid Rodeo attendance reaches 1 million

2000 - Groundbreaking ceremonies are held in March for the new 70,000-seat, retractable-roof RODEOHOUSTON/NFL stadium.

2001 - Tickets go on sale for the Show's finale in Reliant Astrodome. The March 3, 2002, concert featuring George Strait sells out in less than two hours.

2010 – Attendance reaches a record high of 2.2 million

How incredible! The numbers keep growing and growing and the Rodeo shows no sign of slowing down which is fine by me and I think the other 2.2 mill would agree!

Stay tuned for Part 2 – The Cook-off

Yee Haw!

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