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5 Quintessential Texas Rodeos That Are Not To Be Missed

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Drop off your Wranglers at the dry cleaners (heavy starch, please) and polish those boots: It’s rodeo time in Texas. This is the time of year in Texas when students’ livestock are lovingly bathed and primped ahead of livestock show judging, and music lovers look forward to seeing their favorite artists performing at packed rodeo arenas in several major Texas cities. If you’ve never been to an authentic Texas Livestock Show and Rodeo, here’s a list of five quintessential Texas rodeos that are not to be missed.

1. Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

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January 12 – February 3, 2018

The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is the oldest continuously running livestock show and rodeo. It has been held in Fort Worth since 1896. This Stock Show has already begun, but you still have until February 3rd to take advantage of the exhibits and concerts. For a full schedule of events, check out their website.

2. San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo

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February 2-18, 2018

The San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo is one of the largest livestock shows in the nation and features a rodeo that consistently ranks in the top two in total entries. This year’s event features PRCA Rodeo Performances and the Cinch Roping Fiesta. To learn more about the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, visit their website.

3. San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo

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February 8 – 25, 2018

Also known as San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. (S.A.L.E.), The San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo has grown to one of the largest, most prestigious single events in the city of San Antonio. Over two million visitors enjoy the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo each year. In addition to the rodeo events and livestock shows, the San Antonio Rodeo has a carnival for the kids and musical performers ranging from Casting Crowns to The Goo Goo Dolls to entertain the masses. To learn more, visit their website.

4. Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

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February 27 – March 18, 2018

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is the “world’s largest livestock show and wealthiest rodeo organization, dedicated to benefiting the youth, supporting education, and facilitating better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation.”

This world-renowned rodeo is the cream of the crop as far as exhibitions go. The musical guests alone make this Stock Show and Rodeo a must-do. This year’s lineup features Garth Brooks and Zac Brown Band, among others. To learn more and to plan your visit, check out their website.

5. Rodeo Austin

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March 10 – 24, 2018

With a catchphrase, “Where Weird Meets Western,” you’d come to expect nothing less from this Austin institution. Rodeo Austin’s family-friendly fairground is a huge draw for folks of all ages, as is the musical lineup this year, featuring such non-traditional acts as Ludacris and Gladys Knight. To plan your visit to Rodeo Austin, visit their website for more information.