Guide To Pasadena Livestock Show And Rodeo

September 1, 2012 12:00 PM

The Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo offers great rodeo action from bucking broncos to barrel racing, nightly entertainment, livestock shows and a carnival midway.

pasadenarodeo Guide To Pasadena Livestock Show And Rodeo


Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo
7601 Red Bluff
Pasadena, TX 77507
(281) 487-0240

Dates: Sept. 14 to Sept. 22
Prices: $15 rodeo admission/$15 cook-off admission $15

Everyone knows the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo takes over the city in March and plays host to urban cowboys and cowgirls who want to get their country on. September, however, brings the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo, offering that extra cowboy fix for those who can’t wait for March to roll around again. While the scale is smaller and the time frame shorter, the PLS&R offers many of the amenities of HLS&R: great rodeo action from bucking broncos to barrel racing, nightly entertainment, livestock shows and a carnival midway. After the action in the arena winds down, the festivities conclude with a tasty barbecue cookoff. The livestock show takes place daily on the fairgrounds and the carnival midway also is scheduled to operate each afternoon and evening of the nine-day event.

Must-See Events

Opening Weekend and 20th Birthday Celebration
Friday, Sept. 14 & Saturday, Sept. 15 – 7:30 p.m.

Rodeo events sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association will be the main attraction in the arena as cowboys compete for a spot in the National Finals Rodeo in December. Country music star Joe Nichols will perform on opening night as the PLS&R celebrates 20 years. On Saturday night, Texas music favorite Kevin Fowler hits the stage after the rodeo wraps up. Save room for a funnel cake along the carnival midway after the concert ends.

Rodeo Parade
Saturday, Sept. 15 –10 a.m.

Filled with trail riders, chuck wagons, local marching bands and drill teams, as well as local celebrities, the rodeo kicks into full swing when the parade rolls down Spencer Highway between Shaver and Burke road Saturday morning. Bring a chair or drop the tailgate on the truck to sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds.

School Nights
Monday, Sept. 17 and Tuesday, Sept. 18 – 7:30 p.m.

As the PRCA-sanctioned rodeo events continue, school nights feature high-school marching bands from Pasadena-area schools. Sam Rayburn High School’s band will be featured Monday, and Pasadena Memorial’s Maverick Band will play Tuesday. Monday night is also Pink Night, with a portion of the night’s proceeds going to support breast cancer awareness.

Local Talent Night
Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m.

Featured entertainers Jason Cassidy and Brian Evans, a pair of up-and-coming country music performers from the Houston area, follow the rodeo events. Cassidy is a native of New Caney and Evans hails from Deer Park, right down the road from Pasadena. PRCA rodeo events will take center stage during the evening’s competition.

Third Annual KILT Campfire Concert
Thursday, Sept. 20 – 7:30 p.m.

Country music veterans Mark Chesnutt and Chris Cagle join singer/songwriter Andy Gibson on stage in this concert sponsored by KILT-FM. The singers will perform the hits that made them household names and join each other for a laid back night of great music. The PRCA events wrap up as champions are crowned and prized awarded.

Closing Weekend & Bull Riding Competition
Friday, Sept. 21 and Saturday, Sept. 22 – 7:30 p.m.

The liveliest of all rodeo events — the bull riding competition — takes center stage over the final weekend. The longest eight seconds in the world provides thrills, chills and plenty of spills. On Friday night, Houston native Cory Morrow takes the stage to perform his unique brand of Texas country. On Saturday night, southeast Texas’ own CMA award-winner Tracy Byrd performs to bring down the curtain on the festivities.

30th Annual BBQ Cook-Off
Thursday, Sept. 27 to Saturday, Sept. 29

While Houston’s mammoth rodeo kicks off with a barbecue cook-off, the PLS&R saves the best for last. The three-day cook-off features some of the area’s best teams who will both compete for prizes and provide a tasty feast for everyone in attendance. The carnival midway will be open adjacent to the cook-off area all three days of the event.

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Silver Sycamore Bed & Breakfast
5111 Pine Ave.
Pasadena, TX 77503
(281) 487-4033

Price: from $145

The rustic charm of this hidden treasure attracts visitors as much as the rodeo events themselves. Comprised of a main house and three cottages restored using reclaimed materials, this haven is ready to host overnight guests or rodeo fans staying for the long haul. The Tea Room serves a variety of soups, salads and sandwiches, and its Coffee House


Sudie’s Catfish House
4910 Spencer Highway
Pasadena, TX 77505
(281) 487-0920

The giant catfish on the front of the building makes this an easily recognizable landmark on Spencer Highway. The food, including Sudie’s all-you-can-eat catfish dinner, has kept it a local favorite since 1983. Family owned and operated by the Bailey family since its opening, the atmosphere is down-home Texan. Cowboy boots and jeans are never out of place here

Grand Prize Barbeque
3002 E. Pasadena Freeway
Pasadena, TX 77502
(713) 473-3355

Rodeo time is barbecue time, and this locally owned spot boasts hand-selected high-quality meats it smokes in its wood-burning pit and then serve at economical prices. It also takes pride in its specialty barbecue sauce. Be sure to try the homemade jalapeno cheese bread, and save room for the tasty pecan pie for dessert.

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Lonnie King is a freelance writer living in Houston. His work can be found at

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