HOUSTON – Another spectacular year of Texas-sized fun, food, music and cowboys is coming to an end.
The 2016 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is expected to come close to the record setting turnout of 2014, when more than 2.48 million people boot-scooted their way through NRG and the massive rodeo grounds.
This year, great musical acts, an explosion of new fried foods and incredible weather are all being credited with bringing people out in droves.
“Well, the weather really kicked it up for us this year, with beautiful sunshine, low humidity and very little rain. And we think those factors really played a role in bringing folks out," said Julie Bass, executive director of exhibits and attractions.
Organizers say Tejano Day saw the largest crowd ever to attend a concert at the rodeo, with more than 75,000 people dancing to the music.
The largest crowd of people showed up last Wednesday, when more than a 170,000 people packed the venue.
Since the rodeo began in 1932, this event has raised more than $400 million for education and student scholarships.