Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo!
To many individuals, this is an exciting and fun time of the year! Most people paint a picture in their head when the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (HLSR) is mentioned or coming to town. This image typically includes music concerts, carnival rides, bull riding, and shopping! All of which are fantastic, but what they typically forget or do not know about is something dear to the foundation of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and many other livestock show and rodeos. That is the actual livestock show itself!
To a stock show kid, HLSR stirs up completely different images and thoughts! There is a lot more that goes into the HLSR than what the general public thinks. These kids that show at major shows care for and work with their animals all year long. They put in countless hours and energy just to come to the show and that doesn’t always guarantee you a win. All in all, these kids work their butts off and deserve to be recognized!
With that being said, I wrote this post specifically for them. There are a lot of posts out there regarding the “main attractions” of the rodeo, but I don’t feel like there is enough post that the exhibitor actually relates to. So I came up with a list of 10 things any kid that has shown at Houston or other stock shows will relate to. If you show at any kind of major or even county fairs, I bet you relate to at least one of these!
- Waiting in line to unload the first day. Outfit and all.
- Committeemen tell you to clear the way with their sticks but you already know this drill.
- Waking up at 3:00 am on show day and getting a ride from the golf cart people.
- Trying not to get soaking wet at the wash racks, but I’m not sure that it’s possible…
- When your friends that don’t show ask you to ride rides. #AintNobodyGotTimeForThat
- Weigh-in. The most stressful time of the show if you own a market animal.
- Trying to find a parking spot in the red lot on show day.
- When you finally get “the brand”. My San Antonio kids know this one!
- Can my non-behaving toddler, lacking motor skills, “pet” and take a picture right next to your animal? (The most common question that we dread to be asked.)
- Not having to buy a hot dog for $10 because your show box is the ultimate pantry. And if you could fit, you’d probably hide in it from the kind of people in #9.