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More than 2 million people attended Rodeo Houston

Rodeo officials say event entertained more than 2.46 million visitors in total

HOUSTON – More than 2 million people visited this year's Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, event officials said.

Total attendance for all activities on the grounds this year was 2,462,030.

"Thanks to more than 32,000 dedicated volunteers and 100-plus staff members, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is proud to present a first-class experience for its more than 2 million visitors," said Jack Lyons, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo chairman of the board. "Show spectators receive an up-close view of agriculture and Western heritage at this one-of-a-kind event."

Officials said RodeoHouston committed $2,172,100 to its contestants in 2016, including the RodeoHouston Super Series and RodeoHouston Super Shootout, presented by Crown Royal, purses, plus appearance fees.

Livestock competitions and horse shows this year had about 30,000 entries. Officials said six grand champion and reserve grand champion junior market and school art auction lots set or matched world or show records.

This year's show committed more than $25.8 million toward scholarships and education. Rodeo officials said about $13 million in scholarships are expected to be awarded this summer.

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