Calf Scramble

One of the wildest, most spirited and extremely heartwarming events at RodeoHouston® is the calf scramble, which takes place after the Chuck Wagon Races. With Texas 4-H and FFA members and calves darting in every direction across the NRG Stadium floor, the calf scramble becomes one of the most chaotic, unscripted and favorite events of the Rodeo. 

Since 1942, approximately $12.5 million has been awarded in certificates and awards to more than 21,000 students.







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How It Works

With the drop of a cowboy hat, 15 calves are released into the arena for 30 youngsters to chase and attempt to catch. Each student who catches a calf in 2018 is awarded a $1,750 certificate to purchase a registered beef heifer or market steer to show at the Houston Livestock Show™ the following year. Returning as an exhibitor in 2019, the student shows in a special competition with other calf scramble and judging contest winners. The student receives a $500 bonus, if program requirements are fulfilled throughout the year.

Participate

If you would like to participate in the Calf Scramble Program, your entry must be submitted online by your county extension agent or agricultural science teacher. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ will not accept the application package as an official entry document. Online entries open Oct. 15 each year, and must be submitted by Dec. 1.

Participation Information

Donate

There are multiple ways you can support the Rodeo's Calf Scramble Program. Donors can either contribute $2,250 for a calf or donate an amount to the awards program. Both donations can be made as individuals or in groups. Download the applicable form and return it by mail.

Results & Photos

When reviewing the calf scramble results, the categories are Mystery Calf, Glazier First Catch and Hard Luck. The Mystery Calf is selected by the Calf Scramble Committee prior to the event and remains a secret from the participants. The student who catches the Mystery Calf receives an additional prize along with the calf scramble certificate. The person to catch the first calf receives a belt buckle and $150 in addition to the certificate. Hard Luck is an award given by the Calf Scramble Committee to a participant who did not catch a calf, but showed an exceptional effort. The Hard Luck winner also receives a purchase certificate.