It's coming. Soon you will be able to inhale the sweet smell of dung, fried food and amusement-ride grease as you enjoy the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
It's easy to get lost or, more likely, miss something at the Rodeo -- you can be forgiven for thinking there's not much more to it than the Midway and the concert, with some rodeo events tossed in -- but there is a ton to explore.
And even if you find the buildings or areas you didn't know existed, navigating them can be tough. Getting around Reliant Center can be a daunting maze sometimes.
Not to worry. Not only do we have a Rodeo Guide full of info, but we've got maps of all the key places. You can click to expand them and print them out, stick `em in your jeans and head on down to the bright lights.
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Here's the overall bird's-eye view of the site. The light rail will drop you off on Fannin, on the right, and the Rodeo Express bus shuttle's tent is a little south of that.
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Camel rides? What's a rodeo without them? There's also a petting zoo and -- for the hypercompetitive dads -- a pedal tractor pull. Start on the training regimens NOW! Fun on the Farm
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An offshoot of Kids Country, here's the specifics of Fun on the Farm, a walk-along taste of the rural life.
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Whether you're trying to track down a specific competitor's pen, or you just want to know where you -- or the restrooms -- are as you wander, here's what you need for Reliant Center. Shell Show Pride
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Fun fact: It's actually pretty easy to say "Shell Show Pride" 10 times fast.
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Not just a horse show, a place to see llamas and rabbits. And cattle getting sold.
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Another relatively quiet place to take the little ones when things threaten to become too overwhelming. Be prepared to answer questions at the Birthing Center.