frequently asked questions

About the Organization

What is the mission of the houston livestock show and rodeo?

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ promotes agriculture by providing a family-friendly live entertainment experience that educates the public, supports Texas youth, and showcases Western heritage.

What type of educational support does the Rodeo provide?

Since the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo began in 1932, more than $600 million has been committed to the youth of Texas and education. 

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How does the rodeo impact the city?

Economic Analytics Consulting, LLC conducted a study to quantify the economic impact and economic activity generated by the 2019 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The analysis also quantifies the expected increase in taxes associated with the spending related to the Rodeo and the number of jobs supported in the Greater Houston area by the spending related to the Rodeo.

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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 Rodeo every year.

Every single ZIP code in Harris County has committee members living in its neighborhoods.

The committee volunteer group is 53 percent female and 47 percent male.

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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 Rodeo, but most businesses and schools encourage employees and students to dress up and celebrate Go Texan Day the Friday prior to the downtown parade.

    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?

    Mark your calendar! The World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest presented by Cotton Holdings is set for February 22-24, 2024.

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    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 Rodeo?

    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 Rodeo’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 Rodeo.

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    how do i apply for a scholarship?

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

    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 Rodeo 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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