2010 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

2010 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

It’s more than just a livestock show and it’s more than just a rodeo. It’s a great excuse to try and get as many people in the same place at the same time.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo averages nearly 2 million attendees a year. That’s more people than the entire population of all but four American cities. The rodeo component alone has been averaging around a million in attendance since 1995.

The concerts, which include some of the hottest talent in music, also draw extremely well. In 2009, Ramon Ayala and Alacaranes Musical set the event’s attendance record by performing in front of 74,147 fans.

Every year since 2005 the concert attendance record has been broken. In 2007, The Cheetah Girls sold out their show in three minutes.

No matter how you look at it this event produces a sea of humanity.

The annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the world’s largest livestock exhibition and its rodeo is has the highest regular-season purse of any PRCA rodeo event.

The event practically prints money. The economic impact the show and rodeo provides the Houston-area is over $344 million.

Apart from a first-rate schedule of musical acts, the 20-day long event features the Downtown Rodeo Parade, the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que contest, a 5K walk and run, pig racing, a carnival, a wine competition, livestock auctions, and great food.

RodeoHouston (as it’s sometimes called) involves the participation of the entire city of Houston. More than 21,000 volunteers are needed to successfully operate the show and rodeo. The Friday before the event, in a celebration called “Go Texan Days,” residents of Houston are encouraged to dress in “Western” attired (cowboy boots, hats, and shirts) and are encouraged to do so throughout the show and rodeo.

The entertainment at the show is quite legendary. The event has seen the likes of Elvis Presley, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Beyoncé, Garth Brooks, Rod Stewart, and John Mayer.

For 2010, organizers have assembled a lineup that has won 24 Grammy Awards and over 130 major country music awards. The amazing lineup is highlighted by Tim McGraw, Brooks & Dunn, and a special Houston Rodeo performance by Rascal Flatts.

Of course the music isn’t just of the country variety. Also appearing in 2010 are R&B superstar Mary. J. Blige and hip hop pioneers Black Eyed Peas.

The 2010 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Show kicks off March 2 and concludes March 21.

The event takes place at Reliant Park which encompasses the following venues: Reliant Stadium, Reliant Arena, Reliant Center, Reliant Astrodome, and Carruth Plaza.

Visit the show and rodeo’s official website for more information. For being such a large event, it’s extremely well organized.


Tuesday, March 2 – Alan Jackson
Wednesday, March 3 – Dierks Bentley
Thursday, March 4 – Kenny Chesney
Friday, March 5 – Mary J. Blige
Saturday, March 6 – Jason Aldean
Sunday, March 7 – Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato
Monday, March 8 – Tim McGraw
Tuesday, March 9 – Darius Rucker
Wednesday, March 10 – Rascal Flatts
Thursday, March 11 – Brad Paisley
Friday, March 12 – Toby Keith
Saturday, March 13 – Blake Shelton
Sunday, March 14 – Pesado, El Trono De Mexico
Monday, March 15 – Lady Antebellum
Tuesday, March 16 – Keith Urban
Wednesday, March 17 – Gary Allan
Thursday, March 18 – Black Eyed Peas
Friday, March 19 – Eli Young Band
Saturday, March 20 – Brooks & Dunn
Sunday, March 21 – Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber

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