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Record numbers and attendance at this year’s Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Line dancing at the Houston Rodeo

Another successful rodeo season has come to an end, shattering attendance records and breaking several junior market auction records along the way, all while providing great entertainment at a value price, showcasing Texas agriculture, and promoting Western heritage.. Following are highlights from the 2010 Show.

Fun Rodeo Stats

  • More than 1,500 kids participated in Mutton Bustin’ in the Kids Country Arena, and more than 280 participated in Mutton Bustin’ in Reliant Stadium.
  • In the birthing center, 73 piglets, 22 lambs and 17 calves were born during the Show. In the poultry exhibit, more than 1,000 chicks were hatched.
  • More than 300,000 stuffed animals were won in the carnival.
  • More than 22,000 children took a ride at the ponies.
  • Below are a few highlights of the food consumed at the rodeo:
    • 100,000 funnel cakes
    • 91,000 turkey legs
    • 33,000 ears of corn
    • 30,000 caramel and candied apples
    • 15,000 pounds of sugar for cotton candy
    • 10,000 pounds of strawberries
    • 7,500 chocolate-covered cheesecakes on a stick
    • 6,500 orders of chicken-fried bacon
    • 6,000 cans of whipped cream
    • 4,500 chocolate covered strawberries

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.
  • RodeoHoustonâ„¢ 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:
    • 1st: March 14, 2010 — Pesado and El Trono De Mexico –74,222
    • 5th: March 18, 2010 — Black Eyed Peas – 73,073
    • 7th: March 20, 2010 — Brooks & Dunn, The Last Rodeo Tour – 72,977
    • 8th: March 21, 2010 — Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez – 72,883
    • 15th: March 5, 2010 — Mary J. Blige – 72,150
    • 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.
  • Heritage Partners for the 2010 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo were Reliant Energy, Coca-Cola, Ford, Miller Lite and BP America.

For complete results and highlights, visit the Show’s Web site at www.rodeohouston.com

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