It’s Rodeo Time in Houston! / Coffee Date Linkup

I am so thankful that March is here… well, almost.

March here in Houston, Texas means it’s rodeo season! Seriously, if you are in the Houston area and have not experienced the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR), you are missing out on one of the best experiences of your life… Okay, that’s a little dramatic but it really is a good time. Here are some things you can do at the HLSR:

  • Watch the rodeo. I mean, duh, HLSR is not about the concerts or the crazy, amazing, weird food. It’s about the cowboys and cowgirls on their horses and bull riding. I’ve been going to rodeos all my life and the HLSR is definitely one of the coolest rodeos I’ve been to. It doesn’t matter what night you go, unless it’s the last weekend of HLSR, you can always see bareback and bull riding, barrel racing, and even a calf scramble for high school kids.
  • If the actual rodeo portion is not your thing, there is a concert after every rodeo. HLSR does a great job at offering a variety of genres; however, it is indeed a rodeo, so a majority of the artists are country.  There is an R&B night, Latino, and even Pop artists for kids.
  • One cool thing about HLSR is that in the NRG Center, you can walk through all the exhibits and shops. As a previous Cavender’s Boot City employee, the company had three different booths set up for shopping.  Another great thing to see in the center is the cows, pigs, and even rabbits that kids from around the area and state have raised and are showing.  Another plus for those with young kids, there is a “kids zone” that offers characters and a petting zoo.
  • If you have ever been interested in seeing an animal give birth, or seeing “baby animals,” the Center has a birthing center where visitors can witness the births of calves, piglets, and chicks. I have never seen a live birth, but it is really neat to see these new little lives nursing on their mothers and running around.
  • As I mentioned earlier, HLSR has some great food in the carnival area. The carnival wraps around almost the entire NRG Stadium, so make sure you have some comfortable boots on. The carnival offers some fun rides for adults and kids, as well as some cool games you see in a county fair.  The carnival is a great way to try some out of this world food. I tried fried red velvet cake last year, holy moly, talk about a sugar high! It’s definitely something that needs to be split between two or three people. Some other food includes typical fair food, like funnel cakes, corn dogs, and turkey legs.
  • One neat thing that is in the center of the carnival area is the mechanical bull station. I have not rode the bull (yet), but it is one of the funniest things to watch. Especially when the rider is a little on the tipsy side. I think they have it to where people of all ages can do it, which means your kids can do it. It’s definitely worth watching.
  • After the rodeo is over for the night, the 21+ crowd can go dancing and hang out at this place called The Hideout. The Hideout is basically a dancehall and they usually have some pretty good artists come and play there, too. If you like Texas country, and you’re over 21, definitely stop by. This is the first year my boyfriend and I are both over 21 (he’s a youngin’ and just turned 21 last May), so we might stop by once or twice and go two-steppin’.

If I haven’t sold you on going to the HLSR after this, stop reading my blog. Just kidding, but seriously, even if you aren’t a country kind of person, the HLSR offers something for everyone, young and old. I hope to see y’all out there and can’t wait to read up on your experiences!

Your turn… I cannot code in the linkup to my post, so please visit Dearest-Love for the rest of the linkup.
1. Follow your host and cohost.
2. Link up one post from this week that gives a glimpse into your life lately. This could be a coffee date, highs and lows, recent update, etc. Make sure it’s a link to your post and not your blog URL.
3. Important: Comment on the blog that linked up before you. This linkup us about building community, so this step is important. Feel free to comment on more than just one!
4. Share about the coffee date via social media using the hashtag #coffeedatefriday.

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