Go Texan Day

Friday, Feb. 26, 2021

Let’s RODEOHOUSTON®! The anticipation for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ has been building, and now it is time to show your excitement. Participate in a city-wide celebration on Go Texan Day by putting your best cowboy boot forward and showing your Western pride.

Go Texan Day is the unofficial kickoff of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Traditionally held the Friday before the Rodeo begins, the day serves to encourage the Houston community to celebrate Western heritage and raise awareness of Rodeo season. Houston-area residents are encouraged to wear Western attire, such as jeans, cowboy boots, and cowboy hats. The Go Texan Day Contest encourages organizations to host events that promote and celebrate the Rodeo and Texas culture.

Go Texan Day Contest

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Go Texan Day Contest gives your organization the opportunity to win great prizes and gain recognition while celebrating Go Texan Day and Western Heritage during the Rodeo season. The contest is simple to enter and only requires a video upload displaying how your organization’s event celebrated Go Texan Day.

Winners and runner-up’s will be selected from four categories, including:

  • Schools (K-12 + Higher Education)
  • Small Business (< 50 employees, including Retail & Food Services)
  • Large Business (50+ employees)
  • Government & Non-Profit Organizations



Participation

Your Go Texan Day event can be simple or creative and include activities such as:

  • Encouraging employees to dress Western (including jeans, boots, hats and other Western attire). You could even add a Best Western Dressed contest to your event for added flare.
  • Decorating with Western themed décor such as a Western display in the lobby or a fun door decorating contest between employees.
  • Celebrating with an employee barbecue luncheon or a competitive cook-off (chili, beans, salsa, etc.)
  • Relaxing with country and Western music or dancing at your event.

Information

  • As part of the entry submission, you must upload a video, 60 seconds or less in length, and it should display highlights from your Go Texan Day event. The video can be footage of the event, a video montage or a slideshow of photos.

    This video must be uploaded to YouTube, set to “Public” viewable, and the link copied and pasted to the Go Texan Day Contest submission page.

    One entry per organization.

  • A panel of judges will evaluate all entries based on:
    • How well the event embraces Western heritage
    • Degree of organizational participation
    • How the organization raises awareness of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
    • Creativity and uniqueness of activities
    • Overall quality and presentation of the video

  • Judges will select the top two videos from each category that will be eligible for the public judging.

Winners

2020 Winners

Government / Non-Profit Large Business Schools Small Business

Helpful Tips

Take plenty of video and photos of activities that capture the essence of your Go Texan Day event.

You may host your Go Texan Day event any time up to Friday, Feb 29, 2020. The event can be simple or creative and include activities such as:

  • Encouraging employees to dress Western (including jeans, boots, hats and other Western attire). You could even add a Best Western Dressed contest to your event for added flare.
  • Decorating with Western themed décor such as a Western display in the lobby or a fun door decorating contest between employees.
  • Celebrating with an employee barbecue luncheon or a competitive cook-off (chili, beans, salsa, etc.)
  • Relaxing with country and Western music or dancing at your event.

Use a simple Video Editing Tool to help trim your footage to fit the 60 second limit. Customize your video by adding music, commentary and special effects to capture audience attention.

Helpful Links:

Upload a video, 60 seconds or less, to YouTube with video and photos captured from your Go Texan Day event. On Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, a link to enter the contest will be added to the Go Texan Day webpage for you to paste the URL link to your YouTube video and finalize their entry. It’s important to note that your video must be set to view as public so judges can view their entry. Contest entries are due no later than 5 p.m. CST on Sunday, March 1, 2020.

Go to YouTube and upload your edited video footage. You will need to create a YouTube account and set your video settings to public.

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Activity Book

Download the Activity Book for fun and educational activities related to the Rodeo! Brush up on your agricultural knowledge before you visit.

2020 Activity Book