New attractions debut at Rodeo Houston

HOUSTON - From bucking broncos to a bug exhibit, Rodeo Houston promises to offer both classic and new activities when it kicks off Monday.

"We've got a lot new this year," said Skip Wagner, president of the rodeo. "We start inside the stadium with a brand new sound system, which is gonna make the concerts sound better ever."

The rodeo is also planning new activities for children.

"We've got new attractions out at Actventure and Fun on the Farm and Entomology, our bug exhibit," said Wagner.

For carnival-goers who are young at heart, new attractions promise to take you for a wild ride.

"We've got five new rides in the carnival, including a Kamikaze, and I can't even remember what the names of the other ones are that are fun to go on," said Wagner.

Organizers have also planned for a snack that's new to the rodeo, but loved throughout Texas.

"In food, we've got Fletcher's Corny Dogs for those who've been to the State Fair and love those," said Wagner.

In case you can't get enough of the new bites and rides, the rodeo is extending its festivities from 20 days to 21 days for 2013.

One thing that hasn't changed is organizers' high attendance expectations.

"We hope over 2.3 million. Our record is 2.25 last year. And I think it can go 2.3, 2.35 if we have good weather," said Wagner.

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