If you live in the Houston area, March is the best month! First my dad and I love it because it is Ford Truck Month, lots of great deals, but Mom says Dad isn't in the market for a "new" truck, but we looked at some pretty cool ones! My Dad does already have a rocking red Ford F-150 Rock Ridge Altitude edition which is hard to get in, well at least for Mom and me! The other reason the Garver's love March is the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo! It lasts all month and is huge and by huge I mean all of it! There is a huge carnival with more food on a stick than you can shake a stick at... oops! You get the idea! Then there is the Livestock Show with some of the biggest most well fed animals you have ever seen, oh and the sheepdog competition, those are some smart dogs... that'll do Pig! Hee Hee! Some great shopping and live music everywhere, of course there is one HUGE concert every night following the rodeo which is in the NRG stadium where the Houston Texans play football. There are about 72,000 people every night for the Rodeo and Concert series which lasts 21 days!
Okay, Mom dug up a bunch of facts she said I need to post, so here we go! In 2017, which holds the record so far, the single day attendance for all of the festivities was 185,661 and for the annual record which was in 2017 also, 2,611,176 people attended. Here are the stats from the past few years since we have been going; 2014 - 2,485,721,in 2015 - 2,483,193, in 2016 - 2,462,030, we covered 2017 and in 2018, 2,408,550 (We had lots of rains and storms this year). Garth Brooks holds the single night concert attendance with his performance on the last day of Rodeo Houston 2018 with 75,557 people, that's not including Ms. Yearwood!
More Fun Facts: Meanwhile, the Junior Market Barrow Auction set two world records again this year. A barrow is a type of male pig, and the auction was held March 16.
Hannah Simpson, 14, of Dimmitt, Texas, exhibited the Grand Champion Junior Market Barrow, which sold for a world record of $214,000. The buyers were Jackie and Jon Hodges, McCarthy Building Cos., Stronghold Ltd., and Debby and Jeff Young.
Katelyn Cozart, 17, of Early, Texas, exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Barrow, which sold for another world record of $134,000. The buyers were Mickie and Jim Clark, Tori and Ed DeCora, Tracey and Jim O’Neil, and Bobby and Robert Shockley.
One longtime record was broken at the Junior Market Steer Auction on March 17.
The Champagne Cowgirls buying group purchased the Reserve Grand Champion Steer for $366,000, breaking a record set in 2001. The group of 20 women is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Roberts County 4-H member Jett Hale, 10, of Miami, Texas, exhibited the steer.
The Grand Champion Junior Market Steer sold for $410,000 to buyers Emily and Robert Clay, Becky and Kelly Joy, Julie and Alan Kent, and Debby and Jeff Young. Allen FFA member Cameron Conkle,17, of Allen, Texas, exhibited the grand champion.
There were 20 calves, 23 lambs and 54 piglets born at the Rodeo's birthing center. More than 475 chicks were hatched. An estimated 10,000 people rode the mechanical bull. No word on how many of those people were sober. A mountain of potatoes: 70,000 pounds of potatoes consumed by rodeo-goers. Some 12,500 cubic yards of pine dust bedding were trucked in for the animals. An estimated 22,000 people rode camels. Rodeo patrons ate 250,000 funnel cakes (topped with a brain-wrinkling 1.5 million strawberries). Vendors sold 120,000 turkey legs, and we ate a lot of that number! The rodeo trucks in one and a half semi-trailer loads of deep-fried Twinkies. Cowboy hats purchased: 7,000, Pairs of cowboy boots purchased: 8,000. Oh, the Chick-fil-a cows there there too! My selfie didn't turn out so well!
Last thing, Mom bought me a horse and without warning sat the horse next to me which started galloping and "singing", yes signing... scared the skat right out of me! After a few days I could tell he was sad because he was in a new place and I wasn't paying any attention to him, but now we are good to go and hang out everyday! Signing off for now! GB