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Old 02-26-2012, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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As a native Houstonian, when I was a child my family and I went to the rodeo ONE time every season. It was a great family trip -- it was a real event and not some overly planned and over-hyped show. Its a great thing for tourists to live out their Texas stereotypes.

As an adult - I don't see what it is all about unless you make it a family fun outing. I've watch Go-Texan day go from a fun, celebration to nothing more than a mid-year Halloween costume party for non-Houstonians who think they understand. Really, wearing "toy" holsters and guns with your black dress pants to the office.......geez. The traffic in the area is a monster. The sound system for concerts - really, I wouldn't pay for a concert in that venue. Once you have seen the rodeo, you have pretty much seen them all. I understand and respect that it is highly anticipated for sooo many. So for those that crave this all year long and go to almost all the shows - what is it about that draws you night and night again?
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Old 02-26-2012, 12:35 PM
 
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As a native Houstonian, when I was a child my family and I went to the rodeo ONE time every season. It was a great family trip -- it was a real event and not some overly planned and over-hyped show. Its a great thing for tourists to live out their Texas stereotypes.

As an adult - I don't see what it is all about unless you make it a family fun outing. I've watch Go-Texan day go from a fun, celebration to nothing more than a mid-year Halloween costume party for non-Houstonians who think they understand. Really, wearing "toy" holsters and guns with your black dress pants to the office.......geez. The traffic in the area is a monster. The sound system for concerts - really, I wouldn't pay for a concert in that venue. Once you have seen the rodeo, you have pretty much seen them all. I understand and respect that it is highly anticipated for sooo many. So for those that crave this all year long and go to almost all the shows - what is it about that draws you night and night again?
I'm not a big fan, but... Temple Grandin will be giving a free seminar (you have to pay for parking, of course) there on Friday night, Mar 2. I can't go as we have other commitments, but she is such a fantastic speaker that I wish I could go.

Animal Behavior, Autism and Sensory-Based Thinking
presented by Dr. Temple Grandin

Join us for an educational
seminar featuring Internationally renowned scientist and spokesperson on autism, subject of the HBO
movie “Temple Grandin,” and author of The Way I See It: A Personal Look at Autism and Asperger’s.

Friday, March 2, 2012 • 7:30 p.m.
Reliant Center – Main Arena, Hall C
Seminar is FREE with Reliant Park Admission:
$7 for adults, $4 for ages 3-12

Parking information can be viewed at:
Guest Services - Parking - Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:26 PM
 
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Those 3 little words: Chicken Fried Bacon
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Charleston Sc and Western NC
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Unfortunately for most, it's much more fun if you are connected or on a committee.....or have a long standing family relationship with the Rodeo.....
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Westbury
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I don't attend carnivals or go to an amusement park but every 15 years. so when the rodeo comes it is kind of fun to go with a group of friends to do some rides or games and eat some junk food. the cook off is awesome if you work for a big company or have passes to various tents.

i don't go to the livestock show or events. haven't done that since i was a teenager. the crafts/art show and lectures can be interesting.

it's yet another place to go in houston with a bustling crowd, plenty of alcohol and some people watching. im not one to prefer simply sitting in my house
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Pearland, TX
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In no particular order:

Funnel Cakes with strawberry compote.
BBQ tents.
Bull riding.
Ford trucks hanging from poles.
Girls in skin-tight daisey dukes.
Chachkis inside the hall. I always find some weird armadillo thing. I have them all over my house.
Reba or Miranda.

That's about it for me.
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