The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 2010
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo(TM), also called RodeoHouston™ is the world's largest livestock exhibition as well as the richest regular-season PRCA rodeo event. In 2007, attendance reached a record high of 1.8 million, keeping with an average of almost 2 million attendees a year. The 20 day event is held at Reliant Park in Houston, Texas. It is kicked off by the Downtown Rodeo Roundup held near Houston City Hall, the Downtown Rodeo parade and the Conoco Phillips Rodeo Run - 5k walk & run and the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. The Show features championship Rodeo action including bull riding, livestock judging, concerts, a carnival, pig racing, barbecue and the Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition, shopping, sales and livestock auctions. Traditional trail rides, which start in different areas of Texas and end in Houston, precede the Rodeo events. The City of Houston celebrates this event with Go Texan Days, where residents are encouraged to dress in western wear for the duration of the Show.
For more than 77 years, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ has been the heartbeat of the Southwest, beating powerfully with more than 21,000 volunteers who annually contribute their time, resources and talent as part of the world's largest livestock exhibition, world's richest regular-season rodeo and the Southwest's premier entertainment event. Since the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was established, it has made an impressive footprint on the livestock and entertainment industries and in the sport of rodeo. It also has played a notable role in enhancing the lives of thousands of young people in the state of Texas. Each year, 20 or more different star entertainers from a variety of music genres perform at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The wide variety of entertainment at The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has proven to be a popular feature of the event, as it caters to a multitude of tastes. Previous performers include country, rock, blues, Tejano, and pop musicians, stand-up comedians, and even actors. The Show invites superstars who usually have garnered numerous music industry honors, including GRAMMY®, Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards - even Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Country Music Hall of Fame members. Elvis Presley's Feb. 27 1970 performance set an all-time attendance record with 43,614 spectators in the Astrodome, a record that remains unchallenged until eight years later.
After a night at the Rodeo, The Hideout offers free admission for those age 21 and up to see the best in up-and-coming and established country artists. From Zona Jones to Two Tons of Steel, and Billy Joe Shaver to Gary P Nunn, visitors dance the night away in The Hideout.
At lunch at the Texas State Hotel In January1931 The Houston Fat Stock Show and Livestock Exposition was established by seven men. The first Show was held at the Democratic Convention Hall in April 1932. Ten years later Gene Autry, "the Singing Cowboy," debuts as the first star entertainer. After few changes of an address due to different reasons in 1966 The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (official name of the organization since 1961) moves from the Sam Houston Coliseum to the Astrodome complex. The first performance in the new domed stadium drew 25,340 spectators with a single performance attendance of 40,000,almost five times the number of people the Coliseum could hold. Astrohall, the live stock expositions building became a reality in 1970, in 1975 the 6,000-seat Astroarena was completed. In 1986 the Show introduced a new, state-of-the-art stage for its performers, featuring a 40-foot turntable and a sophisticated lighting system. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held in March of 2000 for the new 70,000-seat, retractable roof RODEOHOUSTON/NFL stadium. The stadium was projected to be complete in time for the 2002 football season and the 2003 Rodeo. In October, Reliant Energy acquired naming rights for the Astrodome Complex. In 2007 The Show celebrates its 75th anniversary and "The Year of the Volunteer." The all-time paid Rodeo attendance record was broken with 73,291 fans watching championship rodeo action and Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana and the Cheetah Girls perform on March 4.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ is not only entertainment. It plays a significant role in sponsorship of Texas-based education. The Show holds a research program at an annual commitment of $100,000 to various Texas colleges in support of research studies. Since the launch of a program in 1954 the organization topped the 100 mln. $ contribution into college education scholarships throughout Texas.
The 2010 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will run March 2 - 21. See some of the biggest stars in the music industry perform in the nation's first stadium built specifically for rodeo entertainment and football. The 1.9 million square foot facility draws record crowds and boasts state-of-the-art facilities. Take a part in what’s Texas’ heartbeat.
Go to http://www.hlsr.com/index.aspx for details of upcoming show. They’ll be advertised soon.