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By the numbers: A look at the 2018 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

There were A LOT of fried Oreos eaten.
Credit: RodeoHouston
Garth Brooks performs on the final night of RodeoHouston on March 18, 2018. It was the second of two shows played by Brooks after a 25-year absence.

After a wild 20 days filled with record-breaking attendance, electric performances by the world's top artists—including two by Garth Brooks—RodeoHouston 2018 has come to a close.

Among the highlights: More than 2 million people attended the rodeo; over 365,000 Oreos were fried; 14,000 people rode camels; and more than $26 million was raised for scholarships and education.

More: Garth Brooks closes out RodeoHouston with record-breaking attendance

"There was something fun for everyone at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo," said Joel Cowley, CEO and president of the rodeo. "Along with our many offerings, we were excited to bring back for our fans. With the help of more than 33,000 dedicated volunteers, fans wee gretted with celebration of agriculture, entertainment and Western heritage, all while supporting the youth of Texas."

Here's a look at this year's rodeo by the numbers:

Photos: A day at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo


  • Total attendance for all activities on the grounds, Feb. 22 – 24 (World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest) and Feb. 27 – March 18, 2018 (Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo) reached 2,408,550.
    • In three days, the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest entertained 215,476 guests
  • Paid Rodeo/concert attendance reached 1,346,388.
    • Five RODEOHOUSTON performances landed on the list of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s top 25 paid rodeo/concert attendance records.
      • first: Sunday, March 18, 2018 – Garth Brooks – 75,577
      • second: Sunday, March 11, 2018 – Go Tejano Day – Calibre 50 – 75,565
      • 20th: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 – Garth Brooks – 75,018
      • 21st: Saturday, March 17, 2018 – Brad Paisley – 75,016
      • 23rd: Friday, March 16, 2018 – Chris Stapleton – 75,014

Photos: Garth Brooks kicks off the 2018 rodeo


  • RODEOHOUSTON committed $2.17 million to its contestants in 2018.
  • The 2018 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series invited the world's top rodeo athletes to compete in seven traditional rodeo events, Feb. 27 – March 17.
    • RODEOHOUSTON Super Series athletes competed for a share of $1,748,000 in prize money. Each event champion rode out of NRG Stadium with $50,000, plus winnings from the preliminary rounds.
    • The 2018 RODEOHOUSTON Super Series Champions, with total money earned, are:
      • Tie-Down Roping: Tyler Milligan: Pawhuska, Oklahoma – $56,000
      • Bareback Riding: Clint Laye: Pocatello, Idaho – $57,250
      • Team Roping: Matt Sherwood: Pima, Arizona; and Walt Woodward: Stephenville, Texas – $112,000
      • Saddle Bronc Riding: Cody DeMoss: Heflin, Louisiana – $56,250
  • Three-time RODEOHOUSTON champion – 2003, 2017 and 2018
    • Steer Wrestling: Timmy Sparing: Helena, Montana – $53,500
    • Barrel Racing: Nellie Williams-Miller: Cottonwood, California – $58,750
    • Bull Riding: Parker Breding: Edgar, Montana – $57,500