HOUSTON - A record number of people went to the 2011 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Rodeo officials said the total attendance for all activities was 2,262,834.
"There are so many variables regarding attendance from the weather to the economy, but we continue to excel by creating an exciting, innovative, fun, affordable place for friends and families to enjoy," said Skip Wagner, president of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Officials said 1,255,323 concert tickets were sold. The top concert was Brad Paisley, who brought in 73,825.
The World's Championship Bar-B-Que broke last year's attendance record. Officials said 244,184 attended in 2011, breaking the 221,229 record set in 2010.
Each of the junior auctions brought in more than $1 million, and six of the grand champion and reserve grand champion records were broken. The auctions brought in a total of $8,235,171.
Rodeo-goers took full advantage of all the fun food available. They consumed:
- 122,800 funnel cakes
- 111,000 turkey legs
- 66,000 caramel and candied apples
- 50,000 pounds of potatoes
- 40,000 deep-fried Oreos
- 30,000 glasses of lemonade
- 20,000 pounds of sugar for cotton candy
- 10,800 chocolate-covered strawberries
- 9,000 pounds of strawberries
- 6,000 pounds of catfish
- 5,000 cans of whipped cream
For the first time, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo offered a mobile app with information about parking and events. Officials said it had more than 37,000 downloads.
Rodeo officials are already getting ready for next year. The 2012 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will run Feb. 28 to March 18.
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