Well, it’s that time of year again…The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo!! Springtime in Houston always gets everyone geared up for the Rodeo and all the goings on up at NRG Stadium. This year I wanted to get the full Rodeo experience, so I went with a group of ladies (I knew there was no way Running Man was going to walk around the huge arena with me looking at all the “stuff”) We walked around the shopping area buying up the massive offerings of western bling………not! Sorry, I don’t wear all that, but I did buy some great jewelry cleaner. I do enjoy browsing the artwork that is submitted by area K-12 students (some of the artwork is absolutely amazing) and walking around the area dedicated to the animals.
After spending about 3 hours in the convention center, we gathered up all our purchases and made our way out to the Wine Garden, of course. They’ve set up a beautiful wine garden in a shady area right next to the arena. complete with tents, chandliers, reservation seating and meat/cheese trays. We sat there visiting for a while drinking some great wine (Joseph Phelps) and resting up for the rodeo. It takes a lot of effort sitting in those hard seats, cheering on the guys and gals competing in the events.
The rodeo is full of all things cowboy, as you can imagine, from the one’s competing in the dirt, to the people in the stands! Each night you get a little bit of everything a rodeo has to offer; hot dogs, peanuts, cracker jacks, bareback riding, barrel racing, team roping, bulls…..
But, I look forward to the Mutton Bustin the most! It is the cutest thing ever, take a look!
The kids wrap their short little legs around, the sometimes fat, sheep’s body and grab a hand full of wool and hold on for dear life until they’ve gone about 25 yards. There are all kinds of Cowboys, clowns and other adults to come to their aide should they need it. However, if they hold on the longest, (with some serious points given for style) they win! They don’t win anything except bragging rights, but that’s all they need to come back for it again next year.
To cap off each night of the Rodeo, there’s always a concert. We got to see Kenney Chesney, he always puts on a great show. I’ve seen Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, George Strait, Zac Brown Band, John Legend…..I’ll be going again before this year’s rodeo is officially over, I’m going to see Little Big Town! I can’t wait.