Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Planning Major Comeback for 90th Anniversary After Canceling Last Year

by Megan Molseed

For nearly a century, The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has always been a crown jewel of all livestock shows. The event, which is held each year in the NRG Stadium in Houston; home to the Houston Texans, hosts over two and a half million people each year.

A crowd so big, that it literally alters numbers enough to make Houston the state’s fourth-largest city in the state for that time period.

For anyone who knows livestock – and rodeos for that matter – this show is the greatest around. Celebrating all things Texas with thousands of shows from cattle to music, to rodeos and so much more, this Livestock show is one of the country’s most celebrated livestock events.

Over the years, the massive show has even provided over $500 million towards education grants. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has been hailed as one of the country’s biggest providers of scholarships in the nation.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Cancels Two Years Straight

The week-long event in 2020 was one of the first to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Then as preparations for this year’s annual spring event came around, the organizers of The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo made a tough decision; deciding to pull the plug on the event once more.

Now, after two years of cancelations, the extraordinary event will finally be returning next spring. And, just in time to celebrate its big 90th anniversary!

So far, two big names have already signed on to perform at the event. Cody Johnson is slated to open the March 2022 event.

Then the King of Country and Texas Country Music icon, George Strait is scheduled to close out the massive event and celebrations.

What a way to bookend the world-renowned livestock show and rodeo! We can only begin to guess what else is in store during the long-anticipated return of the event.

“The general outline is we will run in 21 days in March of 2022,” noted Director of Entertainment Jason Kane.

“Like a lot of things in Texas, it’s big!” Kane continued as he spoke with Sounds Like Nashville earlier this year.

“It’s hard for people to really understand sometimes, how big it really is and how many people come,” the entertainment director added.

“We sell almost 1.4 million concert and rodeo tickets over the run of our show,” Kane explained. “And we welcome just over 2.5 million visitors through the gate’s total.”

A Texas Tradition

According to Kane this massive annual event, which was first held in 1932, came from something poignantly touching all those years ago. Neighbors helping neighbors sell their cattle during the Great Depression.

“This thing has been going on since 1932,” Kane noted.

“The story is really interesting in that it was the middle of the Depression,” Kane said.

“A group of ranchers got together and said ‘We’ve gotta do something or else we’re not gonna sell any cattle,” he continued. “And it’s been going ever since.”

For the organizers of the event, the upcoming Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo event will be about celebrating so much more than its ninety years in existence.

“We’re gonna celebrate not only those 90 years but coming back together,” said Kane.

“We’ll all be back together,” he added. “I think that’s just so important in the face of what we’ve all been going through in the last 18 months.”