About the Organization

What is the mission of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™?

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was organized for charitable, educational and scientific purposes to encourage and promote the breeding, raising and marketing of better livestock and farm products at public fairs and to promote and maintain research and educational functions within the livestock industry. It is the general policy of the Show to utilize, in the fiscal year subsequent to which it is earned, the excess of its revenue over expenses for the furtherance of its exempt purpose, including the granting and/or funding of scholarships, educational endowments, agricultural research projects and other similar programs and the funding of related capital additions and improvements. The funds of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo are used exclusively to meet necessary expenses for its upkeep and operation and in furtherance of the exempt purpose of the organization.

What type of educational support does the Show provide?

How does the Show impact the city?

  • Annual aggregate gross sales in the region are increased by $475,403,000.
  • Annual regional product is increased by $320,221,000.
  • Annual personal incomes are raised by $290,710,000.
  • 7,265 full-time equivalent jobs are created.
  • The local population is increased by 16,316 people.

Is the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo a charity?

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.

How do volunteers fit into the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo picture?

  • Committee members each donate an average of 67.7 hours of service to the Show every year.
  • Every single ZIP code in Harris County has committee members living in its neighborhoods.
  • The committee volunteer group is 41 percent female and 59 percent male.

About the Event

When is Go Texan Day?

The mayor of Houston and the Harris County judge present proclamations each year declaring Go Texan Days. Go Texan Days last the duration of the Show, but most businesses and schools encourage employees and students to dress up and celebrate Go Texan Day the Friday prior to the downtown parade.

What are the future dates for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™?

Tentative Dates

  • 2017: March 7 - March 26
  • 2018: Feb. 27 - March 18

How can I ride in the Downtown Rodeo Parade?

An individual must be a member of one of the sanctioned trail rides to ride a horse in the parade. Persons riding on floats are invited by the float presenters.

When is the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest?

About Participating

How do I volunteer on a committee?

All committee volunteers must be members of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

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What do I need to do to set up a booth or exhibit during the Show?

Exhibitors are selected from applications.

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How can I get a special Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo license plate?

When you order organizational plates, TxDMV sets aside more than 70 percent of the annual $30 or $40 specialty plate fee for the Show's purposes. The specialty plate fee is collected in addition to the regular registration fee. Please note that this external site is not affiliated with the Show.

Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

How do I apply for a scholarship?

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ offers several different kinds of scholarships and eligibility requirements may vary.

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How can my child participate in the calf scramble?

Participants are selected in October and November for the calf scramble. Children must be older than 14 and younger than 18 on Jan. 1 of the Show year. They must be either a 4-H or FFA member and need to let their agricultural science teacher or county extension agent know that they are interested.

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