Back in the 1950s, the rodeo was known as the Fat Stock Show. (Cay Dickson photo)

There are a bunch of reasons the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo attracts millions of country and city folk every year. We’ve compiled our own top 11 list:

1. It’s a fun family event with something for everyone

2. It’s a good bang for your buck

3. From bull riding to barrel racing, the rodeo events are exciting!

4. The kids who take part in the mutton bustin’ and calf scramble each night will make your heart smile.

The mutton bustin' is a nightly favorite at RodeoHouston. (HLSR photo)

5. The nightly concerts include a diverse lineup of country, pop, rock, R&B and Latin music.

6. Where else can you see a top-notch entertainer and the world’s largest rodeo for as little as 18 bucks?

7. The food is fabulous! Bring an empty stomach and leave your diet at home.

PHOTOS: World Championship Bar-b-que cookoff