The world’s largest livestock and live entertainment show, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo combines wild west culture with music and agriculture. The festival, which will take place this year from February 25 to March 16, 2013, usually lasts for 20 days, although an extra day has been added this year allowing for even more events. One of the major attractions of the festival are the 20 rodeo performances. All together, these feature 360 cowboys and cowgirls competing in tournaments like Team Roping, Bull Riding, Barrel Racing, Chuck Wagon Races and more. Another major reason to attend the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo are the many top performers, some of which have included Beyonce, Bon Jovi, Johnny Cash, David Cassidy, Shania Twain, Jessica Simpson, Sonny & Cher, Lady Antebellum, Garth Brooks, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more.
For those interested in agriculture, you can watch the Livestock Show where animals such as dairy goats, breeding rabbits, llamas, sheep dog, breeding heifers, lamb and more compete for prizes based on certain breed traits. Part of the Livestock Show is also the Horse Show, Horticulture Show, World’s Championship Bar-B-Que, Mutton Bustin’ and the popular Calf Scramble, where students attempt to capture a calf, put a halter on it and bring it back to the “winner’s square” to claim a prize. Art and wine competitions are also part of the fun, as are a carnival, shopping, a ranching and wildlife expo and some of the best barbecue food you have ever tasted.