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Houston is “Ready to Rodeo”

HOUSTON – Cowboys and cowgirls of all types were ready to start “rodeoing” this week, as Houston Livestock and Rodeo opens on March 1st. Festivities actually started last weekend, with the annual BBQ cook-off, and the Rodeo parade through downtown. Participants in the parade included the trailriders that have been coming in to Memorial Park last week. Also underway daily is the extensive Carnival and midway next to the venue, which is Reliant Stadium.

Entertainment lined up for the first week include the following:

March 1–Brooks & Dunn
March 2–Alan Jackson
March 3–Neal McCoy, Charlie Daniels Band, Lee Greenwood and an Armed Forces Salute
March 4–Alicia Keys
March 5–Gretchen Wilson
March 6–Hilary Duff
March 7–Jeff Foxworthy and Big & Rich
March 8–Keith Urban

A little rain and cooler weather helped the 2005 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo open in grand style! Despite the dampness, Rodeo Parade fans still gathered in the streets in droves to watch and cheer as the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run participants, covered wagons,
marching bands, trail riders and others strutted their stuff down the streets of downtown Houston.

While the Top Hands Horse Show competitors finished their heart-warming events in the dry confines of Reliant Arena, the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest was smoking away and drawing meat-hungry folks from all around. Go Texan contests concluded withthe quilt contest winners and team penning competitors declared.

The quilts will be displayed in Reliant Center March 1 through March 20.

With the conclusion of the opening weekend activities, the fun has only just begun. Brooks & Dunn will help open RODEO-HOUSTON this Tuesday, March 1, and there are still loge and upper level seats available! In fact, there are still tickets available to every Show! So, round up the troops, sound the bugle and get ready to march right into Reliant Park to join in the fun of Houston’s most celebrated event – the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo!