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The 2011 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo festivities begin Feb. 22 with the official announcement of Go Texan Day, with kickoff activities continuing throughout the weekend.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officials will kick off this year’s Show at Rodeo Roundup in downtown Houston Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m. Volunteers from many of the Show’s committees will be on hand to introduce Houstonians to their activities, and to explain the Show’s impact on the Houston area, while celebrating Western heritage.
World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest
The World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest runs Thursday – Saturday, Feb. 24 – 26, at Reliant Park. The Miller Lite Stage at the Garden will have live entertainment, including Mark McKinney, Bowling for Soup, Cory Morrow, Casey Donahew and more. Visit www.rodeohouston.com for a complete list of entertainers and performance times, carnival hours, and shuttle bus locations and times.
Downtown Rodeo Parade and ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run
The 2011 Downtown Rodeo Parade begins at 10 a.m., Feb. 26, in downtown Houston. Grand Marshal Clay Walker leads the Western celebration, with decorative floats, more than 4,000 trail riders on horseback and in wagons, and marching bands filling the streets between the skyscrapers. The streets are lined with Houstonians and out-of-town spectators to help kick off the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. For a complete list of trail rides and more information on the Downtown Rodeo Parade, visitwww.rodeohouston.com.
A record 15,000 athletes are expected to participate in the 24th annual ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run, that includes a 10K run and a 5K fun walk/run beginning at 9:35 a.m., and a wheelchair race at 9:25 a.m. ConocoPhillips has contributed more than $2.5 million to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Educational Fund since the race began in 1988.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo opens March 1 and continues through March 20. There are seats still available for all RodeoHouston™ performances, with tickets starting as low as $18, and $10 for a Value Day Wednesdays admission, including the Rodeo and concert performance. Visit www.rodeohouston.com for more information and daily ticket availability.
The 2011 RodeoHouston BP Super Series, an international invitational championship open to the top cowboys and cowgirls in all of rodeo, will give contestants the opportunity to compete for a purse of $1,555,366. The entire purse is provided byRodeoHouston. The Cinch RodeoHouston Super Shootout: North America’s Champions, is a ground-breaking new event for 2011. Scheduled for Sunday, March 20, this televised, invitation-only (competitors), one-day rodeo will feature champion athletes from the top 10 U.S. and Canadian rodeos competing in RodeoHouston fan-favorite events — bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding and saddle bronc riding. With a total purse of $200,000, this event will be the richest one-day rodeo.
There are still great tickets left for all RodeoHouston performances. Complete ticket availability can be viewed online at http://rodeohouston.com/tickets/ticket-availability.aspx (go to rodeohouston.com, click on TICKET INFO, click on TICKET AVAILABILITY).
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $265 million to the youth of Texas. The 2011 Show runs March 1-20. For more information, visit www.rodeohouston.com.