Rodeo by the Numbers: Cowboy Boots, Turkey Legs and Truckloads of Twinkies

Rodeo by the Numbers: Cowboy Boots, Turkey Legs and Truckloads of Twinkies
Courtesy Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Every year this city throws a huge boot-stompin' party called the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. To get a better understanding of what it takes to put on one of Houston's biggest annual events, we asked the rodeo folks for some stats. From truckloads of Twinkies to a veritable army of baby chicks, here's what we found (mostly based on last year's numbers):

Rodeo by the Numbers: Cowboy Boots, Turkey Legs and Truckloads of Twinkies
Getty Images

Last year, there were 20 calves, 23 lambs and 54 piglets born at the Rodeo's birthing center.

Rodeo by the Numbers: Cowboy Boots, Turkey Legs and Truckloads of Twinkies
Getty Images

More than 475 chicks were hatched.

An estimated 10,000 people rode the mechanical bull. No word on how many of those people were sober.

Spud mountain
Spud mountain
Getty Images/ Photo Illustration by Monica Fuentes

A mountain of potatoes: 70,000 pounds of potatoes consumed by rodeo-goers (*not to scale).

These guys LOVE this stuff...
These guys LOVE this stuff...
Photo by Brian Austin

Some 12,500 cubic yards of pine dust bedding were trucked in for the animals.

Rodeo by the Numbers: Cowboy Boots, Turkey Legs and Truckloads of Twinkies
Getty Images

An estimated 22,000 people rode camels.

 

Call the cops. Someone murdered this funnel cake
Call the cops. Someone murdered this funnel cake

Rodeo patrons ate 250,000 funnel cakes (topped with a brain-wrinkling 1.5 million strawberries).

Rodeo by the Numbers: Cowboy Boots, Turkey Legs and Truckloads of Twinkies
Getty Images

Vendors sold 120,000 turkey legs.

More of these. A LOT more of these.
More of these. A LOT more of these.

The rodeo trucks in one and a half semi-trailer loads of deep-fried Twinkies.

Rodeo by the Numbers: Cowboy Boots, Turkey Legs and Truckloads of Twinkies
Getty Images

Cowboy hats purchased: 7,000 Pairs of cowboy boots purchased: 8,000

A lot more trucks than this...
A lot more trucks than this...
Photo illustration by Monica Fuentes

Some 500 truckloads of dirt get scattered across the rodeo grounds.


Sponsor Content

Newsletters

All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories
    Send:

Newsletters

All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >