Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo! Livestock Show – Part II

As promised – Part II of my trip to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo…minus the rodeo as I haven’t decided if I want to deal with the traffic in order to see the Rodeo and Concert yet. Saw Kid Rock last time I went a few years ago and he was great!  Then, back a million years ago, I saw KC and The Sunshine Band there back when they were popular, (and he was hot :)) – wow, I’m dating myself now!!  Just to put it in perspective, in 2016 the total attendance was  2,462,030 for the Rodeo Season.

This year’s concerts, held immediately after the rodeo each evening feature these artists: Banda El Recodo, Siggno, ZZ Top, Fifth Harmony, Willie Nelson, Thomas Rhett, Luke Bryan, Demi Lovato, Sam Hunt, Alan Jackson, The Chainsmokers, Alicia Keyes, Chris Stapleton, Aaron Watson, Cody Johnson, Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, Blink-182, and Florida Georgia Line. (Would love to see Alicia Keyes!! But good luck on those tickets/price!).

Oh, there’s also the traditional Bar-B-Que Contest each year before the Rodeo begins to kick off the rodeo and it’s VERY competitive!!! Typically 250 team entrants or so – this year’s Grand Champion Overall, Champion Ribs winner was American Royal Winner – Iowa’s Smokey D’s BBQ, Darren Warth (Chief Cook). The winner gets a belt buckle, trophy and banner.

Before the Rodeo begins there is also a massive Trail Ride and YES, they ride all these horses, carriages, etc. right down the major streets of Houston –  from various starting points and will eventually end up in the parade, which I missed, but it was in early March. It’s quite the site to see in Houston traffic! One of the Trail Riding Teams, Los Vaqueros Rio Grande rides for 333 MILES from Hidalgo, Texas!!! Ouch!!! They began February 25th and arrived March 3rd!!!! My behind hurts even thinking about that trip!!!

Ok, so on to the Livestock show we go….

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Onward! Not near as many cowboy hats this year 🙁 but this gentlemen was ready to get his “Texan” on!
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There was row after row of these little piggies waiting to be judged, name a pig breed and it was there!
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Gotta wear your cowgirl clothes! (They were super sweet, cute young ladies)
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Cute little piggie! (I loved the nose)
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Now THOSE are some horns!!   (Not sure about the ring in it’s nose though… I bet his Mama was mad when he came home with a pierced nose and my guess is a tattoo too! 🙂
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I even got to see a calf born about 2 minutes after I got there! (not this cow – I wasn’t gonna bother Mama Cow!)
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And Chickie #18 was born!
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Love the cowgirl boots! Cute! (The little ones are cute to watch and see their excitement!)
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Yes, they are just strolling along the aisle… walking their cows around!
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Time to go outside now little cow.
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These students get their pigs to move by tapping them with these little wands (not hurtful in any way) but very funny to observe and see how well some of the pigs mind their students while some are just not gonna have any part of direction!
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Isn’t she beautiful?! She was just soooo relaxed!!!
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Outside in the parking lot there were like a bazillion cows!!!
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Mr. Cow here was being a bit stubborn!
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This guy reminded me of one of those wrinkly pups and his fur felt like velvet!
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Your animal better be sparkling clean for the judges! Yep, we have Texas Car Washes here 🙂
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Want some Texas style?? Plenty of vendors here!!
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Need those rodeo boots shined?
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Shop ’til ya drop….or go broke!
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Notice what’s hanging from the ceiling?
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All sorts of scholarships are awarded here but they displayed them all in sort of an odd manner, behind glass so it was harder to see the inside artwork which kinda bummed me out a little as I would have liked to have a better visual of the art but still…great job these students do – some are quite phenomenal artists!
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Ya don’t have a cowboy/girl hat???! What???? (Get a rope!! :)) Well, don’t leave without one!!! (In truth, no,  I don’t have any “Cowgirl clothes” except a ridiculous cowboy hat I got at a local thrift store for work for crazy hat day).

Until next time, Cowgirl Elizabeth and Cowpup Max wish ya’ll happy trails 🙂 – (sorry, couldn’t resist being cheesy!)

11 thoughts on “Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo! Livestock Show – Part II”

  1. I absolutely love the pictures and they bring back such happy memories! I like the pictures of the Kilgore Rangerettes! I grew up in Longview (very close to Kilgore) and I had friends who were in the Rangerettes!

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