The Houston Stock Show and Livestock Exposition began in January of 1931, when seven men met for lunch at the Texas State Hotel to discuss the improvement and development of the cattle industry in Texas. The first Houston Rodeo show, dubbed the "Houston Fat Stock Show and Livestock Exposition," was held in April of 1932 at the Democratic Convention Hall. Due to the success of the Houston Rodeo, Houston soared from 37th place in 1931 to 11th place in 1939 in the national livestock market.
The first Rodeo Parade took place in 1938, the Calf Scramble began in 1942, and the 85-mile Salt Grass Trail Ride - the first of many such rides - was added to the festivities in 1952. Go Texan Day was founded by Archer Romero in 1954, and the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest ("The Cookoff") started in 1974. Many consider the Houston Rodeo proceedings, and especially The Cookoff, "Hot Ticket" events - likely because there is an unlimited amount of delicious food and beverages for those who do manage to get in.
The first star entertainer, Gene "the Singing Cowboy" Autry, performed at the Houston Rodeo in 1942, and he has been followed by a galaxy of others such as Jimmy Dean, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, The Jackson Five, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Now dubbed RodeoHouston, the Houston Stock Show and Livestock Exposition is the world's largest livestock exposition, and draws an average of two million spectators each year. The Houston Rodeo is now a 20-day event, featuring one artist or band for each day.
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