We asked on Facebook: What do you like most about rodeo season and what did you miss most last year when the pandemic canceled it?
The layers of smells from barbecue and smoked meats to fried desserts to roasted corn to the periodic whiff of livestock. The mixture is specific to rodeo, and thus to a good time.
Missed the barbecue and the rides.
I miss the bull-riding kickin up the cowboys! The kids chasing the cattle to rope and tie. Cotton candy and funnel cakes.
I like that I’m not the one trying to stay on top of that bull for eight seconds.
Hard work and perseverance pays off. Last year was a great loss to all of the hard work each student put into raising their livestock.
Oh so many things. As I attended the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony last night, I looked around the room to see people I have not seen in almost two years, realizing that this is the core of our country, the people who produce the food, fiber and fuel that we all utilize in our daily lives. Agriculture is our heritage in Texas. What I miss the most is seeing the future of our industry compete with their projects because they pour their blood, sweat and tears into everything they do. Nothing warms my heart more than to walk through the stalls and see these kiddos with their livestock. It makes me proud to be in their company.
Kelley Sullivan Georgiades
Music and food.
Vanessa Anita Simonson
Walking the barns and seeing all the project animals that area FFA, 4-H and others have raised to show and knowing they have dedicated so much time and energy. And the food — anything on a stick!
Seeing the excitement on the children’s faces when their calf, chicken, swine, lamb or school art work wins a ribbon or possibly a scholarship.
My favorite part of the rodeo is the young adults showing off their livestock! They have such dedication, pride, discipline and love for everything they do to show that perfect animal! It really is a beautiful thing to witness!
I miss the concerts.
Liz Garcia Smith
Definitely the food.