|Thursday, February 18, 1999||
Volume 64, Issue 96
Pop diva Shania Twain leads superstar concert lineup at 1999 Rodeo
|Explore rodeo shows,
booths for extra fun
By Matthew Fowler
All right. You've got your tickets, you've shined your boots and you've even got a date. So now what?
Well, hereis a run-down of the many other happenings that are available in and around this year's show.
With more than 1 million visitors expected and close to 32,000 livestock entries, it's not at all hard to believe that we have the world's largest livestock show. What might be hard to believe is the incredible amount of money that is raised through this process. In 1998, more than $8 million was totaled for livestock sales alone.
Located inside the Astrohall complex, the Livestock Show includes livestock ranging from beef cattle and sheep to breeding poultry and ostriches.
While the first week of competition is reserved for the professional breeders and ranchers, the second week is headlined by the Texas 4-H and FFA junior exhibitors and their livestock projects.
All junior entrants, 8 to 19 years of age, must personally groom and raise their animals while under the supervision of a teacher or county extension agent.
It can all be worth it, however, when the show concludes with the junior market auction program.
Overall, the Livestock Show is really an experience all its own. Besides, where else but Noah's Ark can you encounter so many animals in such an organized fashion?
Admission is included in the price of any Rodeo ticket, and Livestock Show-only tickets can be purchased for $5 for adults and $2 for children ages 6 to 12. Children 5 years and under are free.
If you like horses, you won't want to miss this impressive display of some of the world's finest.
Throughout the 19-day span of this year's show, seven breeds will be competing for a share in the prize money of more than $300,000.
Also featured are the Junior Quarter Horse Show, Junior Horse Judging Contest, and Donkey and Mule Show.
The HLS&R Cutting Horse Competition, running Feb. 16 to 21, ends with what has become a crowd favorite, the NCHA World Championship Finals, Feb. 18 to 21.
If you've never been to a cutting horse competition, you might be surprised at the popularity this event has gathered. So much, in fact, that additional tickets are required for each of the final performances: $10 for reserved, $5 for general admission.
Attractions and exhibits
General admission to the many attractions and exhibits located on the HSL&R grounds is included in the price of any ticket (parking not included).
The AGventure Plaza, featuring the AGventure Arena, The Hideout and Destination AGventure, is located between the south and west gates of the Astrodome.
The AGventure arena hosts a combination of cowboy presentations and autograph sessions, shows, and events like Stick Horse Racing and Mutton Bustin'. By the way, if you've never experienced Mutton Bustin', it is a must-see!
The Hideout, the show's only live entertainment nightclub, is chock-full of some of the hottest nationally and locally recognized music entertainers. It is open daily to all ages before 7 p.m. and ages 21 and up after that.
Destination AGventure is a unique mini-education in agriculture for all ages. Included here are exciting interactive displays, petting zoos, pig races, pony rides and the Rodeo Experience.
Another must see are the pig races. You're probably saying "only in Texas," but if they can do it with dogs ...
If that isn't enough to fill your day, you might check out the 300-plus shopping exhibits located in the Astrohall and Astroarena.
If you can't find what you're looking for here, you either haven't been looking hard enough or you haven't come to it yet.
Also worth noting are the Milking Parlor, occurring each half hour in the Astrohall, and the School Art display in the Western Heritage Gallery.
Finally, but hardly least of all, is the huge carnival in the Astrodome parking lot. With something for everyone, the carnival has become a major highlight of the show.
Single ride coupons cost 60 cents, while a sheet of 20 is $10 and a book of 44 is $20. Just for your information, the good rides last year cost five coupons, on average.
Don't let this article fool you, though. There is plenty more out there to be explored on your own.
So get out there, have fun, and enjoy all that is the Houston Livestock
Show and Rodeo!
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