The 2012 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo festivities begin Feb. 21, with the official announcement of Go Texan Day, and kickoff activities will continue throughout the week and weekend.
Ed Gonzalez, Houston Mayor Pro-Tem and member of the Show’s Go Tejano Committee, and Candy Kasserman, Harris County Events and Recognition Coordinator and member of the Show’s Events and Functions Committee, will join Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officials to kick off this year’s Show at Rodeo Roundup in downtown Houston Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. Volunteers from many of the Show’s 105 committees also will be on-hand to introduce Houstonians to their activities, explain the Show’s impact on the Houston area and celebrate Western heritage.
World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest
The World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest runs Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 23 – 25, at Reliant Park. The Miller Lite Stage at The Garden will have live entertainment, including Gary P. Nunn, Josh Abbott Band, Charlie Robison, Cory Morrow, Roger Creager and more. Visit www.rodeohouston.com for a complete list of entertainers and performance times, carnival hours, and shuttle bus locations and times.
More than 3,000 trail riders will begin traveling the city’s streets Friday, Feb. 24, as they move toward Memorial Park for one last night of camping before Saturday’s Downtown Rodeo Parade. After traveling a combined total of nearly 2,000 miles, 12 trail rides will merge and camp overnight, continuing a 60-year-old tradition and helping to kick off the 2012 Show. Beginning as early as Feb. 3, trail rides began making their way to Houston from points as far east as Logansport, La., as far south as Hidalgo, Texas, on the Texas-Mexico border, and all points in between.
Trail riders are judged several times during their rides on overall appearance, including dress in traditional Western wear. Final judging occurs as the riders enter Memorial Park on Friday, Feb. 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the awards presentation will take place at 5 p.m. Awards are presented in three divisions based on number of participants.
ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run
More than 15,000 athletes, including Show President Skip Wagner, are expected to participate in the 25th anniversary of the annual ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run, Saturday, Feb. 25, which includes a 10K run and a 5K fun walk/run beginning at 9:25 a.m., and a wheelchair race at 9:15 a.m. ConocoPhillips has contributed more than $2.9 million to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund since the race began in 1988. For more information, visit www.conocophillipsrodeorun.com.
Downtown Rodeo Parade
The 2012 Downtown Rodeo Parade begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 25, in downtown Houston. Grand Marshals Andre Johnson and J. J. Watt of the Houston Texans will lead the Western celebration, with decorative floats, trail riders on horseback and in wagons, and marching bands filling the streets among 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, visit www.rodeohouston.com.
Professional Bull Riders
The Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series is non-stop, adrenaline-fueled action featuring 40 bull riders taking on some of the fiercest bucking bulls. For the first time in history, the PBR Built Ford Tough Series will be held in Reliant Stadium, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012, at 2 p.m.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo opens Feb. 28 and continues through March 18. There are seats still available for all RodeoHouston® performances, with Rodeo/concert tickets starting as low as $18, and $10 for Value Wednesdays. Visit www.rodeohouston.com for a daily schedule, to purchase tickets and more.
More than 15,000 junior livestock show exhibitors will call Reliant Center home for the Houston Livestock Show™, as they prepare to compete for the coveted title of Grand Champion. More than $5 million will be awarded to junior market exhibitors through livestock premiums and auction monies.
The 2012 RodeoHouston® BP Super Series (Feb. 28 – March 17), 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 $1.6 million. The BP Super Series Championship will be televised on FOX Sports Houston, Saturday, March 17.
The Cinch RodeoHouston Super Shootout: North America’s Champions® presented by Crown Royal is scheduled for Sunday, March 18. This invitation-only (competitors), one-day rodeo will feature champion athletes from 10 of the top 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 is the richest one-day rodeo in the world. The overall purse and additional earnings at RodeoHouston total more than $2 million for 2012, which makes the 20-day event the richest, regular-season rodeo in the world.