Friday, March 7, 2014

San Antonio Rodeo

The San Antonio Rodeo is one of the largest single events held in San Antonio, with over 1 1/2 million attendees.  The stock show and rodeo last for almost 3 weeks, with nightly rodeo performances and matinees on the weekends.  Following every rodeo is a concert with some of the biggest country western names in the music business.  In addition to the the rodeo is the livestock shows and auctions, the carnival rides, the childrens activities and the food vendors.
Margaret and I went to the Sunday matinee.

The lower seating is at a premium. If you want out of the nose bleed section, be ready to shell out between $45-$65.  I'm cheap.  I opted for the $12 seats.  Luckily, the matinee wasn't crowded, so we sat down in the $40 seats, but as you can see, we were still pretty high up.

The parade of flags was spectacular.  One of the best I've seen.

Getting ready for the bareback riding competition.  Once they were let loose, they were moving far too fast for me to get a picture.

The next competition was the steer wrestling.

These guys could take down a steer in under 10 seconds.

And of course there is always the rodeo clown.

One of my favorite things is the mutton busting.

Kids between the ages of 4-9 tried their luck on riding the sheep.  It's amazing how well some of these kids could hang on.

Saddle Bronc Riding

Calf Roping

Bull Riding

We had to wait about 45 minutes before they got the stage set up and the concert could begin.

Randy House was the musician and he was good.  But it was very, very loud and the acoustics was terrible.  After several songs we left.  All you could really hear was a bunch of loud noise and screaming.  It was hard to even distinguish which song he was singing.  Too bad, because I really like his music.
But in all, it was a great rodeo.  I didn't get pictures of the team roping or the barrel racing.  We wandered around the grounds, stopping in at the livestock show and watched some of the horse exhibits.  Had some great fair/rodeo food before the rodeo itself.  All in all, a great day!

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