Although the official dates for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo are from March 1 through March 20 things are already in high gear. Getting in the rodeo spirit is a lot more than just watching the bronco busters. From the food events, to the carnivals and livestock show there is a lot to do and see. The rodeo also attracts some of the biggest names in music entertainment, adding to its mass appeal.
Eat your way through rodeo season by attending one of these great events (somehow I can turn any blog into something about eating….hmmmm):
The World’s Championship BBQ Contest from February 24 through February 26. This three day food fest will include over 350 participants and draws a crowd of over 200,000.
If you can’t wait that long to get your cowboy food fare on, you can also check out the BBQ and Chili Cookoff on January 29 and 30 at Trader’s Village in Cy-Fair, just north of town.
For you more refined cow-folk, go to the Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup and Best Bites competition where you can sip on the winners of the vino competition and sample some of Houston’s best chefs.
Be sure to save room for some deep fried funnel cake at the carnival, too. Ride the largest ferris wheel in the western hemisphere, and take your kids during spring break when the carnival opens up earlier to ensure you get enough stomach turning and churning and allows you more time to get your sugar high on.
As far as attending the actual rodeo, you will get to enjoy some of the biggest names in music at each show so be sure to check out the concert schedule before buying your tickets.
Parking can be a big issue, so you may want to plan on taking a shuttle to the event. Click here to get the shuttle schedule and map.
So get your boots and wranglers on and join the rest of the City at the 2011 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo!