Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Breaks Barriers, Blasts Past 2 Million Mark

Style News Wire | 3/22/2010, 3:29 p.m.
The 78th annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo ended another successful run, shattering attendance records and breaking several junior market ...

More than 22,000 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo volunteers donated their time and talent to help produce the world’s largest livestock show, richest regular-season PRCA rodeo, and the Southwest's premier family entertainment event. Following are highlights from the 2010 Show.

Attendance highlights· The 2010 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo entertained a record 2,144,077 visitors for general attendance (for all activities on the grounds). The previous general attendance record was set in 2009 with a total of 1,890,332 visitors. This is the first time the Show has reached the 2 million mark for general attendance.

· The single-day general attendance record was set Sunday, March 14, on Go Tejano Day, with 141,273 visitors. The previous record was set in 2009 with 135,548 visitors.

· RodeoHouston™ paid attendance totaled a record 1,264,074 fans enjoying action-packed rodeo and superstars in concert. The previous record was set during the 2003 Show with a total of 1,215,913 RodeoHouston fans.

· The March 14, 2010, RodeoHouston performance celebrating Go Tejano Day and featuring rodeo action and concerts by Pesado and El Trono De Mexico, broke the Show’s single day all-time Rodeo attendance record with a paid attendance of 74,222. The previous record of 74,147 was set during the 2009 Go Tejano Day with performances by Ramon Ayala and Alacranes Musical.

· A record eight RodeoHouston performances were considered sellouts (approximately 70,000 tickets sold).

· Six RodeoHouston performances landed in the list of the Show’s top 20 paid Rodeo attendance records:

o 1st: March 14, 2010 — Pesado and El Trono De Mexico – 74,222

o 5th: March 18, 2010 — Black Eyed Peas – 73,073

o 7th: March 20, 2010 — Brooks & Dunn, The Last Rodeo Tour – 72,977

o 8th: March 21, 2010 — Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez – 72,883

o 15th: March 5, 2010 — Mary J. Blige – 72,150

o 19th: March 7, 2010 — Jonas Brothers with special guest Demi Lovato – 72,013

· A record 221,229 people visited the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest to help kick off the Show, topping last year’s attendance record of 217,640.

· More than 220,000 visitors rode the Rodeo Express shuttle buses from four locations.

· The Show hosted 2,001 international guests from 51 countries.

· More than 75,000 children received a hands-on agricultural education through a school tour or field trip in Capital One Bank AGventure. Nearly 80,000 people experienced the Fun on the Farm exhibit.

RodeoHouston™ BP Super Series results· The world's top 50 cowboys and cowgirls in each of seven events were invited to participate in the RodeoHouston BP Super Series, competing for a share of more than $1.5 million in prize money, the richest purse in regular-season PRCA rodeo. Each event champion walked away from Reliant Stadium with at least $50,000, a RodeoHouston trophy saddle and a champion buckle.

· 2010 RodeoHouston Champions are:

o tie-down roping: Stran Smith – Childress, Texas, $54,175;

o bareback riding: Ryan Gray – Cheney, Wash., $55,350;

o team roping: Turtle Powell – Stephenville, Texas, $56,250, and