Know When To Hold Them

March here in Houston is Rodeo time.  As a child I would look forward to Go Texan Day my mom would dress me in my best western wear with a red bandanna, cowboy boots, hat and denim.  I would walk to school with my friends looking like something out of Lone Ranger we were excited, because we knew that once we got to class we would pick our partner to walk the block in a half down the street to watch the Trail Riders heading for Memorial Park.  We would line up on the sidewalk holding our Texas Flags as the men and women would be on their horses along with wagons, they would make our day. We would head back to class for treats, punch and music.  Even now I tear up when I am driving down the road on Go Texan Day and see the trail riders heading in and I still wave like the small schoolgirl with a smile and a flag.  So for March I decided to share with everyone a little bit of Go Texan Day, my cowgirl is wearing her fancy boots and just waiting for the gambler to take her money.  March is a busy time for me with working the Rodeo, Spring Break at the Geek Mecca (Austin) and Mardi Gras I am wiped out.  I will have pictures up tomorrow of what the Rodeo looks like as I am working tonight Trace Adkins is the performer.  So as with life my cowgirl is remembering the golden rule of Gambling---Know when to hold them, know when to fold them. Happy St. Patrick’s Day 

Here is a brief history of The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo:
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, also called RodeoHouston, is the world's largest live entertainment and livestock exhibition. It also includes the richest regular-season PRCA rodeo event. It has been held at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, since 2003. It was previously held in the Astrodome. Since its beginning in 1932, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has committed more than $265 million to scholarships, research, endowments, calf scramble participants, junior show exhibitors, the Rodeo Institute for Teacher Excellence™, School Art participants, and other educational and youth programs. Of that total, the Show has committed more than $152 million in direct educational program support, since the first scholarship was awarded in 1957.
Because college is only a dream for so many students, the Show has made an extraordinary impact on the lives of countless young men and women in its quest to benefit the youth of Texas and support them through education. Currently, more than 2,000 students are on Show scholarships, attending more than 100 different Texas colleges and universities. The value of these scholarships is approximately $30 million.
All recipients of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarships must demonstrate academic potential, citizenship/leadership and financial need, and they must attend a Texas college or university.
The Houston Livestock Show is a volunteer driven organization, with committees heading up the different areas of the show.  The make it possible for the large amount of the proceeds going to the scholarship funds.
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The event is 20 days long. It is kicked off by the Downtown Rodeo parade and the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. The Show features championship Rodeo action including bull riding, livestock judging, concerts, a carnival, pig racing, barbecue and shopping, sales and livestock auctions. Traditional trail rides, which start in different areas of Texas and end in Houston, precede the Rodeo events. The rodeo has drawn some of the world's biggest recording artists, including Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Selena, Bon Jovi, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers, ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd, among others.
The Friday before the Parade is also known as "Go Texan Day," where the entire population of Houston is encouraged to dress in Western attire. In 1952, the Salt Grass Trail ride was the first trail ride that was formed by only a few men. The following year, the publicity from that ride attracted more people to join. All of the Trail Riders converge on Memorial Park to camp out for the night before heading down Memorial Drive to where it empties out onto Texas Ave to line up for the parade. The parade has approximately 115 different groups joining in the festivities. There are 15 trail rides, 20 floats, 15 commercial wagons and stagecoaches, and 10 to 15 university and high-school marching bands in addition to Show officials, other elected officials and dignitaries on horseback and in vehicles
The Trail Rides (cavalcades) are a long tradition with the rodeo and gather at Memorial Park to camp for a rest and party before the big Annual Rodeo Parade through Downtown Houston.
  • Salt Grass Trail Ride - 85-mile ride from Cat Spring, Texas
  • Sam Houston Trail Ride - 66-mile ride from Montgomery, Texas
  • Old Spanish Trail Ride - 216-mile ride from Logansport, Louisiana
  • Prairie View Trail Ride - 102-mile ride from Sunnyside, Texas
  • Valley Lodge Trail Ride - 72-mile ride from Brookshire, Texas
  • The Spanish Trail Ride - 112-mile ride from Coldspring, Texas
  • Texas Independence Trail Ride - 92-mile ride from Brazoria, Texas
  • Los Vaqueros Rio Grande Trail Ride - 386-mile ride from Hidalgo, TexasSouthwestern Trail Ride - 100-mile ride from Brazoria, Texas
  • Northeastern Trail Ride - 108-mile ride from Beaumont, Texas
  • Texas Cattlemen’s Trail Ride - 85-mile ride from Anderson, Texas
  • The Mission Trail Ride - 210-mile ride from San Antonio, Texas
  • Southwest Trail Ride - 120-mile ride from Rosenberg, Texas
The World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, also simply known as "The Cookoff," started in 1974 takes place on the southern parking lot of Reliant Stadium, with over 250 teams participating every year.


Sigh, You make me wish I had been born in Texas just for the chance to walk down the sidewalk in western wear! What a cute memory you have shared. Your tag with it's vintage image is just wonderful! I LOVE the red background. Thank you so much for hanging in there with me and sharing yet another super tag! Elizabeth
She'sSewPretty said…
You reminded me of my little red cowgirl outfit. We lived in El Paso for a very short time but my mom managed to turn me into a little cowgirl. We came home on the plane one year and everyone was saying hi to my brother and I. Two little cowpokes who'd never been on a horse. LOL
Love your cute tag!
Growing up in Houston the Livestock show was an annual field trip. Miss that. It used to be at the astrodome. I am aging my self here. In Kansas now...we celebrate basketball up here. Love the tag and all the memories. Just darling...Renee
Hey Cowgirl - that is one to make us Texas girls proud! It's so adorable and perfect. Wow - those Valleyites - the Vaqueros - that's one heck of a ride. I grew up in McAllen and going to the Livestock Show and Rodeo was the highlight of my childhood years! Loved your post. xoxo Nancy
Valerie said…
Very interesting. I had never heard of "Go Texan Day". I love your. I love how you worked that theme into this months tag. Not only do we get to enjoy art but we get a little bit of information about history too!
Nan said…
Not living in Texas anymore I've never heard of this. I totally forgot but I did live in Texas once and my son was born in Wichita Falls in 1962, almost forgot about that as I didn't stay there but a year and was back to CA. Now I'm in Alaska. Loved your cowgirl tag and story of you watching the parade with the school kids, how sweet a memory.
Amy said…
I Love Rodeo. I live close to Salinas where we too have a Rodeo every July. It is a week long celebration called none other than BIG WEEK. I know what you mean about tearing up while thinking back to the childhood days.Happy tears.
Thank you for your comment on my blog, I will be making a special ATC to celebrate Rodeo for you. I will be in touch for your mail info. Happy Trails.
I just love all the info you included in the post!! Your tag is so cute!!
Donna said…
I grew up in San Angelo and our rodeo was always a week before Houston, I have some of the same memories of getting to wear my western clothes to school one day of the year. Now I'm in Waller,outside of Houston, when my son was little I would go to the school because the Prairie View Trail Riders were there and I got some great pictures of my son standing by horses, wagons, and cowboys. Now I enjoy watching them go down the street behind my house.

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