"Best Rodeo Ever!" The 2018 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo presented a new, state-of-the-art, star-shaped concert stage, and opened and closed with dynamic performances by Garth Brooks, 25 years after his last RODEOHOUSTON® performance. Brooks entertained more than 150,000 RODEOHOUSTON fans during his two performances, and landed in the No. 1 spot on the paid rodeo/concert attendance records. The Houston Tradition entertained guests for 20 days, Feb. 27 – March 18, 2018.
“There was something fun for everyone at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo,” said Joel Cowley, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo president and CEO. “Along with our many offerings, we were excited to bring back Garth Brooks for our fans. With the help of more than 33,000 dedicated volunteers, fans were greeted with a celebration of agriculture, entertainment and Western heritage, all while supporting the youth of Texas.”
The Rodeo committed $26,709,110 to the youth of Texas in 2018:
$14,271,000 in scholarships to be awarded this summer;
$8,125,250 to junior show exhibitors and calf scramble participants;
$3,726,820 in educational program grants; and
$586,040 in graduate assistantships.