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2021 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo canceled

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Posted at 11:47 AM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 13:35:41-05

HOUSTON, Texas — The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has announced their decision to cancel all rodeo competitions, concerts, carnivals and other attractions for 2021.

The Houston rodeo was scheduled for May 4 – 23, 2021, but due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, rodeo officials decided it was in the best interest of both the rodeo and the community to sit out another year.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s 2020 season was canceled as the pandemic was blossoming in Houston and Harris County. Health and city officials canceled the event promptly after a man had attended the world championship barbecue cookoff where over 70-thousand were in attendance.

“While we were optimistic that moving our Rodeo to May would provide a better opportunity to host our annual community event that Rodeo fans have come to love and expect, unfortunately, it has become evident that the current health situation has not improved to the degree necessary to host our event,” said Chris Boleman in a release, president and CEO of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

The Junior Livestock and Horse Show competitions will still be held in March, along with the Junior Market Auctions and Champion Wine Auction in May. These events are part of the rodeo’s commitment to promoting agriculture and supporting Texas youth. Local health and safety precautions will be taken at the events.

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