So RodeoHouston is right around the corner.  If you’re not familiar… the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the world’s largest live entertainment and livestock exhibition.  It takes place here,  every year, for 20 consecutive days at the end of February and the beginning of March, and features some of the music industry’s biggest acts.  No, we are not simply talking country music here!

Beyonce, Selena, Enrique Iglesias, Mary J. Blige, Justin Beiber and Selena Gomez are just a few of the big name acts who’ve played RodeoHouston… although country music is the big star at the mostly sold out concerts.

In any event, yesterday the city of Houston was hosting a kick off or “Rodeo Round Up” to once again welcome RodeoHouston.  As soon as they said they would be giving away free bar-b-que sandwiches, I was sold!  ¡Pa’ya vamos!

Where else but Texas will you get a rodeo in the middle of the day in downtown?

Obviously I wasn’t the only one with bar-b-que on my mind!

¡Creo que sí!

I do believe that sign may be correct…

Real Life Texas Longhorns!

Wow!  The Texas longhorn in front of City Hall was awesome!  I really wanted to ride the thing, but the line was way too long.  Les viera dicho ¡Quitense!

It was pretty packed at the Round Up!

That’s the mob that was waiting for their turn to ride the longhorn!

Volunteers from various RodeoHouston committees were on hand sharing info.

So instead I decided to scope out some of the booths being hosted by RodeoHouston volunteer committees.  Don’t know which committee this is, but that cowgirl looks pretty country-glam.  Yeah, that’s an actual style here in Texas!

These were really, really soft... kind of creepy though.

These decorative rugs or throws are made from some type of llama fur.  They are so soft!  Too bad I’m not much of a fur or decorative anything fan.

This guy was just having a great time!

I think this guy is one of the clowns who tries to distract bulls from attacking their riders during the bull-riding portion of RodeoHouston.

Saddle up, y'all!

Only thing missing is the horse…

Hardly anyone could lasso that there bull...

Lasso that bull!  My dad was actually pretty good at this when we were kids.  We grew up around animals in the Valley so there was plenty of time for practice.

Get in my belly! Once I had the bar-b-que I was good to go.

And finally I got my hands on a Texas style bar-b-que sandwich!  It was totally worth the wait in that long line… if only they would have given me another one.

For more information visit RodeoHouston.