Friday, March 18, 2011


We went to the Houston Rodeo on Friday night. Apparently, it's the world's largest (although Vegas has bigger cash prizes). As far as food and vendors goes, unless we missed a section, it wasn't that big. But my comparison is the Wisconsin State Fair, one of the greatest things I did last year (ahem, chocolate covered bacon, cream puffs, etc.). But the actual rodeo itself was awesome. It was inside the Astrodome, which is pretty huge. It always amazes me to be around that many people in one space, and just look at one of the small sections and think: that is like my entire hometown. As if all 6,000 people got off their couches and gathered in one area. Times ten.

The greatest event was when the cowboys chase after a steer, jump off their horse onto the steer and try to wrestle it to the ground. They literal body slam the poor things. And whoever does that the fastest wins.

Now those cowboys are cool, but the rodeo clowns are the most impressive. They jump in front of the bulls when the riders get thrown, so that the bulls don't attack them. They dive right in front of the bulls face! Just to distract them and save the riders lives. It was pretty awesome.

And last but not least, here's the cutest thing that happened. They had little kids, maybe 5 years old, ride on sheep to see who can go the farthest. They just hold onto their necks for dear life as they trot across the floor. So this little girl wins, she's decked out in little pink cowgirl gear, and the announcer goes to interview her afterwards. She says to the little girl, how did you learn to do this? And the girl is shy, and so pulls the announcer in so she can whisper in her ear the answer. And what does she say? "I practiced on my daddy." It was so cute I nearly cried!


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