5 things you didn't know about Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is just around the corner, and it's one of the most unique events in the Houston area. It's not just a rodeo or a livestock show; it's a full-fledged cultural experience. With so much happening, there's a lot about the festival audiences may not be aware of.

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Discover 5 things that you didn't know about the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo below, then get tickets to Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 2019 (Tickets).

1. It has a tremendous economic impact on the community
Like many major events, the Livestock Show and Rodeo isn't just fun for the community; it also provides an economic benefit to the community. According to an economic study in 2010, more than 7,000 jobs are created by the festival. More than $27 million dollars in revenue are generated for the Houston-area government. And here's a fact that will surprise you: the study also estimates that the Livestock Show and Rodeo increases the local population by over 16,000 people. That's a lot of new faces coming into town!

2. It features an eating challenge
The festival features its own outdoor market, known as the Lone Star Market, which includes a wide variety of food options. Each year, the Livestock Show and Rodeo gives out awards in a number of different food categories. The Foodie Awards include "Best Food on a Stick," "Best Fried Food" and "Most Creative Food." What's more, the event organizers encourage attendees to try all of the food - by offering a Gold Buckle Foodie prize to anyone who eats all eight award-winning dishes. So come hungry, because there's a lot of eating ahead.

3. There's also a fashion show
Fashion enthusiasts will also find something to love about the Livestock Show and Rodeo. The festival features its own fashion show, called Rocking The Rodeo Runway, which celebrates country-style fashion. What makes this fashion show unique is that the presenters are all exhibitors at the event, so if attendees see something that they like, they can go and purchase it on the spot. This is the only rodeo where fans can go home with a completely new look.

4. It supports local education
Every year, the Livestock Show and Rodeo hands out roughly 800 scholarships to deserving students. There are a wide variety of scholarships, with almost half of them going to Houston Area Scholars. But there are also military scholarships, exhibitor scholarships, and school art scholarships. Other scholarships are for specific schools, with six awarded to students at Texas A&M's School of Veterinary Medicine and four to those at TCU's Ranch Management Program. In total, more than $12 million in scholarships are handed out over the course of the festival.

5. There are plenty of volunteer opportunities
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has a whopping 108 volunteer committees who help put the event together. Among them are the Agriculture Education Committee, the Corral Club, the Parade Committee, and the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Committee. No matter what brings someone to the festival, there's a way that they can use their interests to be a part of the event, too. Fans can find out how to volunteer here and add even more to their Livestock Show and Rodeo experience.

For more on the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, including tickets to the upcoming festival, visit its artist page at AXS.