HOUSTON -

The Houston Rodeo is over, and it was a record-breaking year.

According to officials, the 2014 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo attendance broke the 20-day attendance record with 2.48 million people.

Paid RodeoHouston attendance, with champion cowboys and cowgirls competing in the timeless Western tradition of rodeo plus superstar entertainers in concert in Reliant Stadium, reached a record 1.37 million.

"The visitor experience at the 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was exceptional, thanks to the dedication and attention of our volunteers and staff," said Joel Cowley, show president. "So many different facets of the Show - horse show, livestock show, rodeo, carnival, music, shopping and dining - provided a unique combination for family fun and created an overall success."

RodeoHouston committed $2.04 million to its contestants in 2014.

The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is a charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation.

Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $350 million to the youth of Texas.