After a few weekends of less than desirable weather, we finally had a weekend with gorgeous weather. And you know what that means, right? Time to hit the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo!
Georgie rocked his new official HLSR onesie (I purchased it at Houston’s IAH), and his new Tom’s boots. Since we live 5 minutes from the stadium/arena, we didn’t have much of a drive. We parked very close to the stadium and made our way to the petting zoo as soon as we passed through the gates.
George was a little unsure about being so close to the animals, but he warmed up to them after a few minutes.
It was so cute watching George pet the baby donkeys, goats, deer and pigs.
Afterwards, we walked over to the pony ride area. I wasn’t sure if George was going to be able to ride (he’s only 17 months old), but the only real requirement is that kids be at least 1-year-old. Check.
To say that George loved this experience would be an understatement.
Even still, I loved watching him experience it even more. Sappy, but true. I cried happy tears as he rode Comanche around the ring.
Afterwards, we hit the “Fun on the Farm” exhibit and George had a great time “harvesting” vegetables. His favorite part was getting a snack from the general store at the end. Naturally!
We did a little shopping before experiencing a bit of the infamous HLSR food. We ended up sharing chicken tenders, fries, a corn dog, a Frito pie and a sausage on a stick. I know…when I list the food out it sounds gross. But trust me, everything was amazing. Totally worth the calories!
We had a wonderful time at the HLSR. Even though I have gone to the Rodeo for years, this was clearly the best time I’ve ever had.
Pro Tip: The Rodeo opens at 9:00 AM on Sunday. Go early to avoid lines and crowds and to get cheaper parking options.