No matter if you’ve just arrived, have been here for a long while, or were born here, you have to know about the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, a tradition since 1931. Last year 2.5 million visitors attended the events and activities over a three-week period. But it’s not all about BBQ cookoffs, rodeo, and parties: the HLSR has been a big supporter of education and students. This year almost $26,000,000 in scholarships will be awarded to students who demonstrate academic potential, citizenship/leadership and financial need, and who will attend a Texas college or university. Spectacularly enough, all of this activity is supported through the vision, dedication and hard work of its volunteers. What began as a small group of people with a dream has developed into an event supported by the efforts of more than 32,000 volunteers.
There aren’t many things that symbolize America more than a horse riding, cattle roping and yee-hawin’ Rodeo. The American cowboy and the lifestyle that he represents is known throughout the world and has been an inspiration to millions around the globe. It is with this in mind that the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo celebrates their special International Days every year during their annual show in Houston, Texas. Special days are designated for this yearly celebration and this year, 2016, the International Days will be held from March 8–16, 2016. the regular show runs from March 1 to March 20, 2016.
The Show’s International Days are indeed some of the most popular. As many as 2,500 visitors from 55 countries, including lots of Germans, make the trek to Houston each year, proving that the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is not just an American phenomena but a world-wide cultural event. Fans from diverse countries like Japan, Belgium, Saudi Arabia, Canada and many more make Texas and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo an annual trip and turn Houston into an international city for a few very special days. The scope of the Show, and the International Days, is truly global and proves that the values at the core of Rodeo transcend boundaries and borders.
Visitors to the International Days get special care from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promoters and every year hundreds of Houston locals sign up to volunteer at the International Room at the event to help welcome visitors in their native language. The Show also can provide professional translation services during the International Days to any foreign buyers who visit the livestock auctions looking to buy some fine animals.
During this special part of the Rodeo there are educational and entertaining activities that are presented by the International Committee as well as a business center that is provided for all foreign guests and assistance with livestock sales. All of this is done with the help of the volunteers mentioned above and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is very proud of the involvement the local community has with them.
So if you’d love to see a great Rodeo but they don’t have them in Romania make the trip to this year’s International Days at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. What you’ll find is that in Houston it doesn’t matter where you’re from, what language you speak or what the color of your skin is, everybody loves a great Rodeo.
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