Are You Ready to Rodeo?

Spring brings warmer temperatures and greener grass in Houston, but it also brings one of the most highly anticipated events of the year: The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. From February 28th to March 18th, Reliant Park will play host to a massive carnival, one of the largest rodeo events in the world, a little shopping, and some pretty talented singers.

The rodeo offers music fans the chance to see some of their favorite singers very affordably. On special value Wednesdays, tickets in the upper level of Reliant Stadium are priced as little as ten dollars. The three Wednesdays of the 2012 rodeo feature Kid Rock on February 29, Blake Shelton on March 7, and The Band Perry on March 14.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo also offers an extensive amount of shopping in Reliant Center. The center is filled with vendors in booths selling country wares. From apparel to gourmet food, arts and crafts to even horse trailers, the center is host to just about everything western.

The rodeo is also home to a massive carnival, with rollercoasters, Ferris wheels, games and even some fun houses! Tickets for the carnival can  be purchased cheaply through half-price carnival pack. There are two options: the ten dollar and fifty dollar packs. Both contain great deals. Forms to order these two packs are available from your advisory teacher.

Starting at 6:45pm on weekdays and 3:45pm on weekends, you don’t want to miss the actual rodeo! Various competitions take place in Reliant Stadium like Bull Riding, Steer Wrestling, Barrel Racing, and the popular calf scramble and Mutton Bustin’. Mutton Bustin’ is a recent addition to the rodeo lineup and has been making rodeo-goers smile ever since. The “event” is for little kids aging five to six and is the childs’ equivalent to adults’ Bull Riding.

The main goal of the rodeo is to fundraise for scholarships and does a great job at it. Who wouldn’t want to watch a little Bull Riding and Mutton Bustin’, then enjoy a concert by a famous singer for only ten dollars? And you’re donating money towards scholarships, too? Sounds like a deal.