The 78th annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has come to an end and the show announced it celebrated a lot of milestones this year.
-- The 2010 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo entertained a record 2,144,077 visitors for general attendance (for all activities on the grounds). The previous general attendance record was set in 2009 with a total of 1,890,332 visitors. This is the first time the Show has reached the 2 million mark for general attendance.
-- The single-day general attendance record was set Sunday, March 14, on Go Tejano Day, with 141,273 visitors. The previous record was set in 2009 with 135,548 visitors.
-- RodeoHouston(TM) paid attendance totaled a record 1,264,074 fans enjoying action-packed rodeo and superstars in concert. The previous record was set during the 2003 Show with a total of 1,215,913 RodeoHouston fans.
-- The March 14, 2010, RodeoHouston performance celebrating Go Tejano Day and featuring rodeo action and concerts by Pesado and El Trono De Mexico, broke the Show's single day all-time Rodeo attendance record with a paid attendance of 74,222. The previous record of 74,147 was set during the 2009 Go Tejano Day with performances by Ramon Ayala and Alacranes Musical.
-- A record eight RodeoHouston performances were considered sellouts (approximately 70,000 tickets sold).
-- Six RodeoHouston performances landed in the list of the Show's top 20
paid Rodeo attendance records:
-- 1st: March 14, 2010 -- Pesado and El Trono De Mexico - 74,222
-- 5th: March 18, 2010 -- Black Eyed Peas - 73,073
-- 7th: March 20, 2010 -- Brooks & Dunn, The Last Rodeo Tour - 72,977
-- 8th: March 21, 2010 -- Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez - 72,883
-- 15th: March 5, 2010 -- Mary J. Blige - 72,150
-- 19th: March 7, 2010 -- Jonas Brothers with special guest Demi Lovato - 72,013
-- A record 221,229 people visited the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest to help kick off the Show, topping last year's attendance record of 217,640.
-- More than 220,000 visitors rode the Rodeo Express shuttle buses from four locations.
-- The Show hosted 2,001 international guests from 51 countries.
-- More than 75,000 children received a hands-on agricultural education through a school tour or field trip in Capital One Bank AGventure. Nearly 80,000 people experienced the Fun on the Farm exhibit.
- Former Houston TV reporter Cynthia Hunt working the Houston Rodeo
- VIDEO: Great video of bull escaping Rodeo Houston
- Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo launches online radio station