Let’s Rodeo, Houston!
The best time of year has officially arrived…the 2018 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR)! Texas is sure proud of our state and our western heritage. This time of year, you will find Houstonians dawning their finest western wear to be a part of the festivities. HLSR is a three-week-long event and it takes a village working together to pull it off. In this case, it takes 33,000 volunteers, giving their time and talents to help make the rodeo the huge success that it is each year.
The HLSR is a non-profit 401(c)3 whose mission statement: “promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community.” Since its founding in 1932, the rodeo has given more than $450 million in scholarships to Texas youth.
There is something for everyone to do at the rodeo; it is truly entertainment for the entire family! If your child is an animal lover, attending the event is a must. They will be able to enjoy pony and camel rides, a petting zoo, and a tent called “We’re Small Y’all” where kiddos have the opportunity to see baby animals.
Maybe your child enjoys riding rides more than seeing the animals – no problem there. The carnival is open every day to the public and offers all types of rides that accommodate the entire family. Whether you go for the shopping, concerts, fried foods, entertainers or rodeo action, there is so much to do! If you’re looking to save a little money, go to the rodeo on Value Wednesday, when tickets, food and activities are discounted.
The concert lineup this year is off the charts! You won’t want to miss your favorite stars on the big stage! The weekday performances begin at 6:45 p.m., and the weekend performances begin at 3:45 p.m.