Lauren KellyBy Lauren Kelly

Anyone else feel like they need to get on the treadmil for about 3 weeks after all the food we ate at the Rodeo this year?! IT WAS SO WORTH IT THOUGH! 😉

I was waiting for this list to come out, and the Houston Chronicle grabbed it from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo organizers today. They released some stats on food sales, attendance and concerts and more. Y’all HAVE to see these numbers…

*32,000 volunteers and more than 100 staff members kept the show on the road from March 1 through its closing on Sunday.

*This year’s total attendance at all events was 2,462,030 across three weeks. In comparison, attendance just a decade ago for the entire RodeoHouston season was 1,688,103.

*More than 370,000 of attendees rode METRORail to get to the rodeo.

*Wednesday, March 16 was the best-attended day, with most Houston-area families taking advantage of spring break. The musical act that night inside the NRG Stadium was Jake Owen. A total of 169,821 people entered the gates at the NRG complex that day.

*The best-attended concert took place on Go Tejano Day, Sunday, March 13, featuring Banda Los Recoditos and Los Huracanes Del Norte. Those acts brought in a crowd of 75,508, a RodeoHouston paid-attendance record.

*The NRG Stadium concert attendance record was set in 2013 when George Strait, Martina McBride, and the Randy Rogers Band played a special concert just after RodeoHouston wrapped. It was also Strait’s last concert in Houston before retiring from the road.

*Go Tejano Day concerts account for four of the slots on the Top 10 list of best-attended shows.

*Rodeo and entertainer merchandise sales reached nearly $2 million.

*While attendees were at the carnival the most popular rides were the Sky Ride, Coaster, Rave Wave, La Grande Ferris Wheel and the G Force.
The top three carnival games were Mini Basketball, One Ball and Bank a Ball.

*HLS&R President and CEO Joel Crowley told the Houston Chronicle he credited the strong turnout this year to being blessed with mostly beautiful weather. Even Sunday’s cooler temperatures and strong winds didn’t stop people from attending.

*The World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, which most of us know as simply “the cook-off,” welcomed a total of 247, 491 people over three days at the end of February, with 122,682 coming on cook-off Saturday alone to the NRG complex. It wasn’t the most-attended cook-off weekend in rodeo history though. That was back in 2013 when 264, 132 people showed up.

*According to rodeo officials, vendors sold more than 300,000 giant turkey legs and five acres of corn were served, along with 115,000 barbecue sandwiches.

*For dessert, attendees gobbled up 22,000 deep-fried Oreos, 18,000 cinnamon rolls, and 53,000 funnel cakes. That’s about four semi-trailer loads of Oreos to put it in context.

*The Fun on the Farm exhibit welcomed 109,000 children who got up close and personal with farm animals and learned about the farm industry.

*640 chicken eggs were hatched, giving those future farmers a look at what life looks like right out of the shell.

*Organizers also said Monday that $12,981,000 in scholarship dollars will be awarded this summer to agriculture students.

*In all the rodeo committed more than $25.8 million in 2016.


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