The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, held March 7-26, 2017, is the country’s biggest and most popular of its kind— drawing around two and half million people to see the animals, explore the educational areas and meet and greet farmers who are there to promote the best practices of animal care.
The entire event actually kicks off on March 2nd, with the start of the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. On Friday, March 3, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner makes an official proclamation in front of City Hall, declaring the day, “Go Texan Day,” a day to celebrate living in Texas and mark the upcoming Rodeo. Houston residents dress in their best western garb, “put their best boot forward,” and embrace the spirit and excitement of the upcoming events as trail riders converge on Memorial Park in the heart of the city. On Saturday, March 4, the Downtown Rodeo Parade pairs horses and covered wagons with floats and marching bands, filling the streets of downtown Houston.
The primary goal of the Show is to promote agriculture. With the help or more than 33,000 volunteers donating their time and talent, and the support of generous auction donors and an ever-increasing attendance, the Show is able to award scholarships and provide support to educational programs for Texas youth —and that is handily accomplished—with over $26 million raised last year alone. The Rodeo also adds 7,000 jobs to the Houston Area, providing a huge economic stimulus for the community.
Jack Lyons, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Chairman of the Board, lauds the efforts, “With the hard work of our volunteers and staff, combined with the support of the Houston community, we are extremely excited about our ongoing support of education and the youth of Texas.”
A definite highlight of the three-week event is the aforementioned Bar-B-Que Contest. Over 250 teams from around the country battle it out for the title of “Grand Champion Overall.” This competition has been described by the Houston Press as “vast and fierce.”
The same could be said for the fashion game at play. Styles range from denim and diamonds to completely casual. Boots and hats are obvious must haves. There’s no better accessory for the Rodeo than a Johnny Was Hat band. We had these made for our Houston customers and they are available at both of our Houston Stores with any purchase until supplies last. Tie one around your hat, get another around a boot or belt loop!
To get your tickets for the Rodeo, visit: http://www.rodeohouston.com/Visit-the-Show/Visitors-Guide#tickets
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