RodeoHouston 2017 by the Numbers

RodeoHouston 2017 by the Numbers 

Posted: 8:23 pm Sunday, March 26th, 2017

By Staff Writer

2017 HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO™

Tuesday, March 7 – Sunday, March 26, 2017

 

Attendance

  • Total attendance (includes World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest)
    • 2017: 2,587,853 (through 5 p.m. Sunday, March 26)
      • Final attendance numbers will be available Monday.
    • Paid RodeoHouston® attendance
      • 2017: 1,295,835 (through Saturday, March 25)
    • Two of the Rodeo performances landed in the list of the Show’s top 20 paid rodeo/concert attendance records.
      • first: March 19, 2017 – Go Tejano Day – Banda El Recodo and Siggno – 75,557
      • 17th: March 16, 2017 – Luke Bryan – 75,033
    • NRG Park single-day attendance record broken on Saturday, March 18, with more than 185,000 visitors on the grounds.
      • 2017: 185,667 on second Saturday of Show (current record)
      • 2015: 181,822 on second Saturday of Show (previous record)

 

RodeoHouston®

  • RodeoHouston committed $2.17 million to its contestants in 2017.
  • The 2017 RodeoHouston Super Series invited the world’s top rodeo athletes to compete in seven traditional rodeo events, March 7 – 25.
    • Total purse: $1,748,000
    • 2017 RodeoHouston Super Series Champions, with total money earned, are:
      • Tie-Down Roping: Caleb Smidt: Belleville, Texas – $58,500
      • Bareback Riding: Jake Vold: Airdrie, Alberta, Canada – $56,000
      • Team Roping: Zac Small: Welch, Oklahoma; and Levi Lord: Sturgis, South Dakota – $110,000
      • Saddle Bronc Riding: Cody Demoss: Heflin, Louisiana – $56,438
        • 2003 RodeoHouston Champion
      • Steer Wrestling: Tyler Waguespack: Gonzales, Louisiana – $56,500
      • Barrel Racing: Kassie Mowry: Dublin, Texas – $60,000
      • Bull Riding: Garrett Smith: Rexburg, Idaho – $53,375
    • The RodeoHouston Super Shootout®: North America’s Champions, presented by Crown Royal, is set for Sunday, March 26, 2017.
      • Champion athletes from eight of the best rodeos in the U.S. and Canada will compete as individuals, and as part of a team, in bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, saddle bronc riding and steer wrestling.
      • The Super Shootout is among the richest one-day rodeo events in the world with a total purse of $250,000. Each event champion will walk away with $25,000.
      • The 2017 competing teams are
        • Calgary Stampede;
        • Cheyenne Frontier Days;
        • Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo;
        • National Western Stock Show;
        • Reno Rodeo;
        • Rodeo Austin;
        • RodeoHouston and
        • San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo.

 

Houston Livestock Show™

Total entries

  • Livestock and horse show competitions drew 32,793 entries in 2017.
    • Livestock show: 27,778 entries
    • Horse show: 5,015 entries

Calf Scramble Program

  • Calf scramble and judging contest winners received 370 certificates, each worth $2,000, to apply toward the purchase of a registered beef heifer, steer or dairy calf to exhibit at the 2018 Houston Livestock Show.
  • Calf Scramble certificate premiums totaled $740,000.
  • Calf scramble exhibitors from 2016 who returned with their heifer, steer and dairy projects to compete at the 2017 Houston Livestock Show received more than $100,000 total in premiums and awards.

Auctions and Sales

  • Junior auction sales totaled $13,617,991.
  • Six junior auction Champion and Reserve Grand Champion lots set world or Show records.
  • Auction totals (unaudited preliminary totals that do not include cash contributions and some purchase commitment amounts) were:
    • Barrow: $2,773,280
    • Lamb and Goat: $3,100,979
    • Poultry: $1,615,334
    • School Art: $2,281,133
    • Steer: $3,847,265
  • The Junior Commercial Steer Auction totaled $628,539 (live auction of choice steers).
  • The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Champion Wine Auction brought in $1,698,208.
  • The Ranching & Wildlife Auction totaled $551,116.

 

Scholarship and Education

  • The Show committed $26,065,510 to the youth of Texas in 2017.
    • $14,272,000 in scholarships to be awarded this summer
    • $7,653,750 to junior show exhibitors and calf scramble participants
    • $3,614,360 in educational program grants
    • $525,400 in graduate assistantships

 

More Facts AND FIGURES

AGventure, presented by Occidental Petroleum

  • More than 61,000 people participated in a scheduled school tour or field trip.
  • More than 20,000 little cowboys and cowgirls rode the pony rides.
  • More than 425 eggs hatched in the Poultry Exhibit.
  • 58 piglets, 20 calves and 14 lambs and were born at the Birthing Center.
  • More than 65,000 sunflower seeds were planted in the Soil Exhibit.

The Junction

  • More than 16,000 people rode camels.
  • More than 3,500 children participated in Mutton Bustin’ in The Junction.

Food (Commercial Exhibits only; does not include Carnival)

  • Visitors consumed
    • 47,480 tamales;
    • 38,000 cinnamon rolls;
    • 29,196 potatoes;
    • 18,915 barbeque sandwiches;
    • 10,819 sausages on-a-stick;
    • 8,000 funnel cakes;
    • 3,400 corn dogs;
    • and 122 slices of bug pizza.

RodeoHouston TV

  • Live television broadcast was available on FOX Sports Southwest throughout the U.S. and Canada, March 22 – 26.
  • Live stream of Rodeo action each night was available at rodeohouston.com and FoxSports.com/Southwest.
  • The Show produced four live streams of various Show activities and live rodeo competition each day.

Show Merchandise

  • Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and entertainer merchandise sales reached nearly $4 million.
  • More than 80,000 items with the Show’s logo went home with fans, including 25,000 T-shirts, 10,000 lapel pins and 10,000 cups and mugs.

Social Media

  • Since March 1, 2017
    • 357,031 public mentions online
    • 281,259,633 fans reached
    • 287,683,042 additional fans reached due to spread (shares of our content)

Carnival

  • The Carnival hosted more than 2.4 million riders during the 20-day run of the Show.
    • The top five rides were Skyride, La Grande XL, Windstorm, RaveWave and G Force.
    • The top five games were Bank a Ball #1, One Ball, Mini Basketball, Bank a Ball #2 and Tubs.
  • Visitors consumed
    • 41 miles of turkey legs, stacked end to end; and
    • 6 miles of burgers with all the fixings (buns, lettuces, tomatoes, cheese and pickles).
  • 80 semitrailers full of teddy bears found new homes.
  • 2 fields of corn were roasted.
  • 2 orchards of apples were harvested.

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