Taking Stock of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Key dates and notable milestones of the city’s signature event.

By Geneva Diaz March 1, 2023

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which kicked off its 91st year this week , is the largest livestock exhibition and rodeo in the world and is considered by many to be Houston’s signature event. Created in 1931 and originally called the Houston Fat Stock Show, it’s a Texas-size gathering of all things wild and western, including cattle, barbecue, auctions, music, rodeo, running, and, now, even wine. 

We’ve gathered some of the more significant numbers, dates, and milestones of the event over the decades. 

Gene Autry


Singing cowboy Gene Autry is the first nationally recognized entertainer to perform at the show.


Renamed the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.


The event officially moves to the Astrodome. It’s the first year of the rodeo, and the new “bowlegged H” logo is introduced. 


The Go Texan committee launches the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest.


The 5k and 10k runs that go through downtown Houston are introduced.


The event moves to Reliant Stadium (now NRG Stadium), where it is to this day.


Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition is introduced, where wine from vintners from around the world is judged and auctioned off.


A record high attendance for the event, of 2,611,176 people, is reached.

Los Tigres Del Norte


Los Tigres Del Norte play to a crowd of 75,586 on Go Tejano Day in the event’s largest concert to date. (Cardi B claims the second-largest show the same year, playing to 75,580 people.)


A record prize purse for the rodeo is set at $2,178,000.