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Take your kids to a Texas rodeo

There is perhaps no better way for families to take advantage of authentic Texas cowboy culture than to visit when there is a rodeo in town. January through March (and through June) is the best rodeo season in the Lone Star State, drawing crowds from across the country to enjoy this western tradition.

With professional high-stakes rodeos, concerts by top pop and country music artists, carnivals, barbecue grills, kiddie rides, trail rides and more, the state rodeos offer plenty of fun for families, whether they are die-hard fans or Rovers for first time.

Watching rodeo events is fun for the whole family. There are timed events such as barrel races, rope and rope wrestling, and exciting events such as the bronc and the bull. If you would like to learn more about the sport before your trip, please refer to this Rodeo 101 manual.

Here are the highlights of the Texas rodeo season in winter and spring:

Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo (Jan.19-Feb.9, 2019) – One of the oldest rodeos in Texas showcases traditional rodeo events, cattle and horse shows, and even dedicates a portion of the event to real cowboys who they work (as opposed to professional rodeo cowboys).

San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo (February 7-24, 2019) – This grand event includes a rodeo, carnival, and performances by country music superstars. Do you like southern cuisine? Families can also enjoy authentic Texas barbecue at the BBQ Cook-off and festival.

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (February 25-March 17, 2019) – Since its debut in 1932, this rodeo has contributed more than $ 350 million to scholarships, research, donations, and other educational and youth programs. Some of the many kid-friendly attractions include a petting zoo, long chants, and a gondola ride. In recent years, Rodeo Houston has brought an all-star line of entertainment to its main stage, including Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Hunter Hayes, Maroon 5, Robin Thicke, and many more country and pop acts.

Rodeo Austin (March 16-30, 2019): Austin hugs his inner cowboy as competitors arrive for the two-week event that has been going strong since 1938. Past musical performances include Willie Nelson, Blake Shelton, Maroon 5, Lady Antebellum and Nelly In addition to riding bulls and calf ropes, the kids will love the pig racing and youth art exhibit.

Can’t make it to Texas this spring? Consider these other Texas rodeos held later in the year.

Mesquite ProRodeo (Friday and Saturday nights, late May to mid-August): This weekend semi-permanent rodeo is a great option if visiting the Dallas area during the summer.

West of the Pecos Rodeo (June 27-30, 2019): Said to be the oldest rodeo in the nation, this four-day event has great family appeal. There are two family nights where admission is free for children 12 and under. Events include milking wild cows, boot games for kids ages 5-10, and a calf fight for kids ages 11-15.

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