The event is 20 days long. The rodeo is kicked off by the Downtown Rodeo Roundup held near Houston City Hall, the Downtown Rodeo parade and the ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run—a 10k and 5k walk & run and the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest.
The World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, also simply known as “The Cookoff,” started in 1974 and has consistently drawn massive attendance numbers for the three-day event, drawing 221,229 visitors in 2010. Over 350 teams participated this year in the cookoff.
These are generally considered a “Hot Ticket,” as most are for members or by invitation only.
There’s lots of food, but it’s more than food… it’s Houston’s largest party of the year.
The following are 33 of the 200 pictures we took at the cookoff this past Friday evening February 25, 2011.
BBQ – Results – 2011 Winners: Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a charity that benefits the youth of Texas. Since the Show’s beginning in 1932, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has contributed more than $250 million to scholarships, research, endowments, calf scramble participants, junior show exhibitors, the Rodeo Institute for Teacher Excellence, School Art participants, and other educational and youth programs.