HOUSTON -

Tens of thousands of people enjoyed a reunion of legendary country band Alabama in the first night of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Kid Rock will take stage for Day 2 of Rodeo Houston, which begins at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. It will be Kid Rock's second appearance at the event.

Wednesday is also Armed Forces Appreciation Day, where servicemen and women in uniform with a military I.D. get in for free, along with their families. Kid Rock said he is a large supporter of the military and performs for U.S. troops overseas.

At least 5,500 servicemen and women were special guests at the rodeo. The tradition started four years ago.

Cowboy actor Buck Taylor is at the HLSR this year. More than 30 years ago, he played "Newly" on Gunsmoke. He still acts, but now he mostly paints for a living. He said he regularly hears from a new crop of fans who have come to know him through reruns.

"Believe it or not, they do," he said. "Little-bitty kids are watching me now."

Wednesdays are also Value Days during the 20-day run of the HLSR. Tickets are $10 for the rodeo and concert in upper-level seats at Reliant Stadium. Admission to Reliant Park is discounted to $5. Children 12 and under, as well as those over 60 get in free to the livestock show and grounds.

Military dogs at work will put on a show at 4 p.m. in the main arena at Reliant Center.

KPRC Local 2 will air a live "Rodeo Houston All-Access Pass" Wednesday from 8 p.m.-9 p.m.

Also, Click2Houston has a special section dedicated to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. It has everything you need to know before you head out to Reliant Park.

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The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo runs through March 18.