Houston Celebrates 90 Years & Looks Back at Big Names That Have Come Through

2022 marks the 90th Anniversary of the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

This event started in 1932 as a way to showcase Texas cattle and even in its early days, it attracted big names. Now, it is 20-day long show that attracts more than two million people and has super stars from all walks of life performing.

For Brad Paisley, the first time a performer plays at Houston is when that performer feels like a legitimate country music star.

“It is the quintessential country music performing experience,” says Paisley.

Another star that has graced Houston Rodeo with her presence is none other than Reba McEntire. She recalls a performance in 1984.

“I wore a red outfit and I was so proud of that because I got to wear my belt buckle,” McEntire said.

It is not just musicians that show up to Houston and realize that hardwork is paying off and dreams are becoming reality. Bullfighter, Dusty Tuckness thinks back to when he first came to Houston.

“The first time I ever stepped out on the dirt, I got the chance to look up at 70,000 people and I realized that this little kid was getting to live his dream as a professional rodeo athlete,” Tuckness said.

Houston is also legendary for its promotion of agriculture and its support of education. Houston has 700 kids a year on scholarship and they strive to have a meaningful impact on the lives of those around. It is a generational event in Houston no matter if it is the livestock show or the rodeo.

The celebration of 90 years of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo continues through March 19.