We drove back to Houston again today, this time for the "Mutton Bustin" part of the rodeo and the carnival. It was cool watching 8 year olds try to stay on bucking sheep for 8 seconds, most of them fell off as soon as they passed the gate. I tried to get good pictures but it was all a blur, they came out and fell off in seconds. The place was packed and we could not even find a seat, we stood where the sheep were fenced and one of them kept coming up to me to have his head rubbed. He sure seemed much calmer and sweeter than the ones the kids rode on. They tossed those kids off and ran around bucking just like bulls. :-) It was cool to see and we highly recommend if you are ever near Houston for this huge rodeo.
The carnival part of the show was incredible too. I have never seen so much food in one place, we had a lot to choose from and still ended up having simple BBQ sandwiches on jalepeno bread. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, also called RodeoHouston is the world's largest live entertainment and livestock exhibition. It has been held at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, since 2003. It was previously held in the Astrodome. In 2011, attendance reached a record high of 2,262,834 people requiring more than 24,000 volunteers, it is huge!
The event is 20 days long. It is kicked off with the Downtown Rodeo parade..see earlier update from Houston for more about the parade, I added over 80 pictures from that one. The show features championship rodeo action, livestock competitions, concerts, a carnival, pig racing, barbecue and the Rodeo Uncorked and more. There is something to do during this 20 day event for everyone. We will probably go back for at least one more.
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