Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo kicks off in style


by khou.com staff


Posted on March 1, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 4 at 6:41 PM

HOUSTON—Dust off those boots and grab those hats; it’s rodeo time, Houston!

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officially began Tuesday at the Reliant Stadium and will end on March 20.

The opening round of rodeo events will get under way at 6:45 p.m. and Clay Walker will serve as RodeoHouston’s first performer.

One of the highlights of RodeHouston is its Agventure, which has gotten bigger and better this year with a little something for everyone.

With it being the first day open, plenty of schoolchildren were in attendance Tuesday.

The event has been expanded and now gives kids and parents a chance to get close to the animals.

Kids like 9-year-old Montgomery Morrison were excited at the opportunity to even touch them.

"I love it so far, absolutely love it," said 9-year-old Montgomery Morrison. "Probably my favorite part is petting them because this is the first time I’ve ever petted a rabbit."

Another new feature at the radio this year is the butterfly exhibit, which contains thousands of butterflies, most from South America.

Of course, the livestock show is a huge part of the rodeo. Some people in attendance Tuesday were getting their Boar Goats ready for a competition on Wednesday.

The competition provides a chance for young people to have fun, but like everything else, it’s getting more expensive.

"The price of feed has gone up, the price of fuel getting down here cost more this year than last year," said animal owner Kay Garrett.

Every year 12,000 people travel from all over the country to show their animals.

For a full lineup of concert, events, parking information or anything else rodeo-related, visit khou.com’s RodeoHouston page.

Click here to download the RodeoHouston app on your smart phone.