Published on March 6, 2017 by Lola Augustine Brown
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 2017

It’s that time of year again – the world’s largest livestock show hits Houston this week and stays until March 26th. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the world’s largest regular-season rodeo with the biggest purses dedicated to helping youth, so there will be plenty of cowboy (and cowgirl) action to take in while you’re there.

Musical performances are a huge part of this event, and with this year's diverse lineup it won't be hard to find something that appeals to your tastes. Headliners include Willie Nelson, Alan Jackson, Luke Bryan, Alicia Keyes, The Chainsmokers, Florida Georgia Line, Demi Lovato, ZZ Top, The Zac Brown Band, and many more top artists. At time of writing, tickets were still available for most shows, so even if you decide to go last minute you may not be out of luck. There are also plenty of performances to see for free on the event's various stages.

Supporting young people is a major theme of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and getting to see all the 4H members standing proud at the auction is always wonderful. The Calf Scramble is a blast, and there are plenty of rodeo events and displays of horsemanship throughout the event too (carrying big purses always attracts top riders).

Love watching young people perform? Now in its 5th year, the Rodeo Rockstar contest is a talent show for ages 6 through 21 (there are junior and senior categories with 10 competitors in each). Prior to performing at the show, the 20 finalists were selected through an online voting contest. These kids are tremendously talented, and it is a delight to watch them do what they love on stage.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Ranching and Wildlife Expo offers seminars, auctions, and competitions related to the great outdoors, and is a great place to visit if you want to pick up a few camping tips or learn more about Texas ecosystems.

No event like this is complete without fair food, and this year's offering ranges from much loved favorites to the truly outrageous. Last year you could get everything from bacon flavored cotton candy to deep-fried strawberry shortcake to pickle fries, and of course there was an abundance of wonderful BBQ to enjoy. Best wear your stretchy pants and go to the show with an appetite. There’s also a wine garden to visit, and plenty of shopping too.

When you’re in Houston for this event, you also have the perfect opportunity to explore the many charms of the city. Some of Houston’s best accessible attractions include the Museum of Fine Arts, Space Center Houston, and the Houston Zoo. Houston is a vibrant city with great restaurants, interesting architecture, a theatre district, and plenty to entertain visitors of all ages.

Getting around the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, as well as Houston itself, will be made much easier with the help of a mobility scooter or wheelchair rental. Contact us in advance at 1-888-441-7575 to arrange your booking. We do have two outdoor locations at the show as well, which will have a limited number of rentals available for attendees. 

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Article Feature Image, "Houston Rodeo and Livestock show" by Paul Hudson  CC BY-2.0