Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Rodeo Austin

The Rodeo Austin is upon us.  Their slogan is where weird meets western.  It is at the Travis County fair grounds in East Austin and it lasts for days 15 from March 11th - March 25th.   Each day there are concerts, a rodeo, fair and stock show.

The Rodeo Austin is a competition where athletes compete for the title of Champion.  Every night there is a pro rodeo competition that is about two hours long.   You see competitors in a variety of events like team roping, tie down roping, barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, bull fighting and clowns, bareback riding, mutton bustin and steer wrestling.  My kids loved the rodeo clowns and watching the events.   The rodeo and pro concert require tickets which are between $20 - 175.

Parking - $8 cash.

We went on the first night and got to see Dwight Yokum in concert after the pro rodeo.  Here is a list of the head liners that will play after the pro rodeo each night.   The area is not very large so you end up with great seats for the concert.   The sound quality was not that great however.   The stage is brought out to the center and spins.

March 14th - Cole Swindell
March 15th - Fitz and the Tantrums
March 16th - Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots
March 17th - Randy Rogers Band
March 18th - Chase Bryant
March 19th - Kenny Rogers
March 20th  - Neal McCoy
March 21st - Josh Turner
March 22nd - Patti Labelle
March 23rd - Old Dominion
March 24th - Cody Johnson
March 25th - Kevin Fowler

In addition to this list, a variety of musicians play at the KASE/KVET Stage that everyone on the Fairgrounds can enjoy.   Check the website for who is playing.


Shopping:  Did you forget your cowboy hat at home don't worry you can buy one here, boots, leather goods, t-shirts actually there were stalls that sold just about anything.

Food:  There are food trucks and carnival food.  You can get hot dogs, corn dogs, caramel apples, cotton candy, ice cream and fresh lemonade but check out the unique food trucks like gourmet grilled cheese, gyros or pizza on a stick.  The food trucks take credit card or tokens NO CASH.   There is even a craft beer tent.

Kidstown: At kidstown there are pony rides for a fee (5 tokens) and barrel racing with stick horses free, a cow milking show free, a free petting zoo where you can pay to buy food to feed them (2 dollars).

The was a wild west show but it only shows certain times and we missed this one.

Pig races were super cute and are through out the day.  Cheer leaders from each seating section are picked to help cheer on the 4 pigs and the winning pigs cheer leader wins a hog nose and oreos.

There is Clyde the camel and of course real Texas long horns you can take your photo with for 5 tokens.

Stock Show and live animals: There are fifteen different livestock and horse shows during the day. You need to check the daily schedule.

Carnival: There are many carnival rides.  I high recommend the daily wrist band.  Each ride is between 4-6 tokens.  Each token is 1 dollar.   There are token machines every where but constantly getting more tokens tends to be a rip off.  The wrist bands are $33 for adults $30 for kids if purchase online in advance. At the fair they are $43 and $40.    These wristband include fair ground admission. Bottom line Buy a Wristband early you won't regret it. 

You can just go play at the fair ground and skip the rodeo and concert for $8/ day but the rodeo tickets include the fair ground.

DEAL - Tuesday March 21st you can see the fairground for $2 for both adult and child tickets. Carnival rides and games are all just $2 all day. Also you can get 2 for the price of 1 Rodeo & Concert Tickets!   This is a great deal.

SPRING BREAK DEAL March 13- 16 you can buy the Unlimited ride wristband and use it from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm for $28 adults and $25 children under 13 years old. 

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