Who We Are

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ is a Section 501(c)(s) charitable organization dedicated to benefiting youth, supporting education, and facilitating better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since 1932, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has grown to be the largest livestock show and rodeo in the world, attracting more than 2.4 million people to the annual event from across the world, and the Show's support of Texas youth has exceeded $400 million. 

More than 2.4 million visitors

The world's largest livestock show and rodeo welcomed more than 2.46 million people to the grounds, and more than 1.34 million for the rodeo and concert production inside NRG Stadium in 2016. Learn which performers were the most popular and which day brought the largest crowd.

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Mission Statement

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.

Economic Impact

Economic Impact

"While the primary benefit of the Rodeo is the unparalleled entertainment opportunities it provides the region and the large distribution of charitable giving, the Rodeo also provides a bonus economic stimulus to the overall economy that is significant. This stimulus is almost certainly greater than any other sports or arts production in Houston and is comparable to the presence of a major economic base corporation with local employment in excess of 3,000 employees." — Dr. Barton Smith

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Financial Highlights

Financial Highlights

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™, a Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization, has committed more than $400 million to the youth of Texas since 1932. Check out the financial summary for more information.

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