HOUSTON —The 80th anniversary of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was a big success with several new attendance records.
The 2012 show set a new record for RodeoHouston attendance with 1,283,419 people. Total attendance for HLSR was second highest in the show’s history with 2,257,970 visitors.
A new single-day record of 153,159 visitors was also set on Saturday, March 17.
Three RodeoHouston performances set attendance records and five landed on the all-time top 20 list for paid attendance:
1. Jason Aldean: 74,901
2. Duelo and La Original Banda El Limon: 74,588
3. The Band Perry: 74, 241
8. Brad Paisley: 73,757
11. Zac Brown Band: 73,374
"Mostly beautiful weather, Spring Break, amazing athletes, superstar concerts, unique family entertainment, and the world’s best livestock show — we’ve created the winning formula for fun," said Skip Wagner, president of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. "Thanks to the help of 26,000 volunteers, we are able to produce an incredible entertainment and educational venue."
A record 260,033 people also attended the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest in February to help kick off the show.
The three-week event is run mostly by committees made up of 26,000 volunteers. That allows HLSR to make more profits, which provide millions of dollars in college scholarships for Texas students.