Houston Rodeo Rundown: What To Do At Texans’ Favorite Pastime

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Houston Rodeo Rundown: What To Do At Texans’ Favorite Pastime

It’s that time of the year, y’all. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is back at NRG park to host the most Texan event of the season.

After the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo released the concert lineup for 2020 the festival feels like it’s right around the corner. Read through for a preview of Houston’s pride and joy. [Featured image: @rodeohouston]

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To Do:

First off, get your tickets. Purchase them online on their website, on their RODEOHOUSTON app, or in person at the NRG Park Box Office.

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Agriculture and livestock has always been the heart of the rodeo. As such, there are countless exhibits, educational opportunities, seminars, auctions, and animal-based activities to take part in. Take the tour of Texas to discover how the many different regions of Texas affect its overall ecosystem. Ride a pony. Stop by their miniature petting zoo to pet an assortment of adorable little animals. If you want, but only if you want, go by the birthing center to see exactly what you might expect.

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Watching the bull-riders might have struck you with a sense of envy. If you want an adrenaline rush of your own, head down to the cowboy carnival to take a spin on one of their 80 different rides. Or, give away all your money trying to win a giant stuffed panda bear at their assortment of (likely rigged) carnival games.


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If that’s a little too much thrill to bargain for, visit The Junction. FKA Kids Country, this area features ride and games catered to younger, more fragile lifeforms. While you’re there, get some quality entertainment watching children trying to wrangle sheep at the Mutton Bustin’.

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Complete your cowboy get-up at one of their many retail vendors. On the west side of the NRG Astrodome you can find a number of local business boosting art pieces, leather, and other goods.

To Eat/Drink:

Now to the fat part — I mean “fun” part. Get a taste of Texas at one (or two or three) of hundreds of delicious food vendors.

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Indulge your cravings of classic fair food at the carnival, where you can sink your teeth into all the corndogs, funnel cakes, and turkey legs your little heart desires. Not to mention enough deep fried food to make your cheat meal last a lifetime — that being said, you’d be a prude not to try just one fried Oreo. Returning fair and fried restaurant favorites include The Original Mineapple Pie, Sills Funnel Cakes, and Sweet Feed Cinnamon Roasted Nuts.

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Take a lap, take a shot, do whatever you have to do to make some room for some homespun Texas cookin’. Take your pick from barbecue, burgers, Tex-Mex: you name it — options abound. Favorites include Holmes Smokehouse, Paradise Burgers, and Harlon’s BBQ.


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If you’re a straight-up champion that’s still got room for dessert, they have a host of sweet vendors which feature everything from cobbler to cinnamon rolls to Dippin’ Dots — don’t you miss those?

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No rodeo is complete without a little sauce. No, I’m not talking about the barbecue. Hydrate at one of their number of watering holes to get your beers, margaritas, or Ranch House Lemonades.

To See:

If this ain’t your first rodeo, or if it is, you can expect for it to go down in the ring. There’s a lot riding on Rodeohouston this year: two separate competitions, over 300 athletes, and a combined purse of $2.17 million. The tournaments will include the best in bull-riding, bareback riding, steer wrestling, roping, and more. Rest assured this is action you don’t want to miss.

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The only possible acts that could top Rodeohouston, would be the concert series. It’s a new decade, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo aren’t holding back with their 2020 acts. The lineup features country favorite Luke Bryan; TV personalities Keith Urban, Brad Paisley and Gwen Stefani; as well as independent country artists Cody Johnson and Chris Stapleton. The list also includes acts from Grammy award winner Maren Morris, pop R&B artist Khalid, NCT 127 — the first Kpop act to ever perform at Rodeohouston — and others.

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Oh yeah, did I mention? The greatest Texan musician of all time Willie Nelson, the legend himself, will also be gracing the stage at this year’s rodeo.

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UPDATE: The rodeo will now feature LIZZO AND CHANCE THE RAPPER!

In Sum:

The Houston Livestock and Rodeo is the event of the season and is not one for any self-respecting Houstonian to miss. Rope in your tickets, buckle your belts, and have a buckwild time at this Texas treasure!

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