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HOUSTON -- The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo set an attendance record in 2010 with more than 2.1 million visitors.

The 78th annual expo, which opened March 2 and wrapped up Sunday, was a showcase for Texas agriculture and Western heritage, including rodeo performances and stage entertainment.

Organizers on Monday reported the previous general attendance mark for the event was set in 2009, with nearly 1.9 million visitors. This year s event broke the 2 million mark for the first time, with total attendance of 2,144,077.

The 2011 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is March 1-20.

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