HOUSTON -- The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Barbecue cook off, kicked off Friday. It’s a tradition that hails since the beginning of rodeo.
Nearly 300 tents were steaming with the smell of good food and all competed for top prizes.
“This is cowboy Mardis Gras!” said Jerry Lewis, a sponsor at the rodeo BBQ cook off.
“We’re doing rib eye steaks tonight,” said Jeff Rister of Texas Country Cookers.
As with previous rodeos, to get into the private tents you need an invitation.
“My friends and I, we got tickets from KILT,” said one rodeo fan.
Friday and Saturday night are open to the public and the rodeo is promising more for your money.
A family of four can expect to spend about $50. Parking on the grounds is $10.
Tickets are $10 a piece, that includes a BBQ sandwich, chips and a drink.
Kids under 4 get in free.
That same $10 ticket will also get people who are 21 and older into the Rockin’ Rodeo Hideout where there will be a DJ and
dancing. You’ll have to pay for alcoholic beverages.
There’s also a live stage on the grounds. Anyone can walk up and enjoy the entertainment.
If you like rides and games, it may be a good time to get a deal on carnival tickets.
“We have a $50 book that comes with 150 tickets,” said one ticket seller.
Once rodeo starts that same $50 will only buy 100 tickets. With some rides requiring up to 14 tickets that book of one hundred ticket s could go fast, providing only 7 rides.
The party is just getting started and rodeo fans are ready.