Houston is known for being a city of unpredictable weather, but the past few weeks have been remarkably changeable and weird, even for Houston. And as anyone who is in this city right now knows, all this strange and wintry weather has coincided with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
But those betting that Houston's nasty weather would spoil things for the rodeo were betting on the wrong horse, according to Leroy Shafer, vice president and COO of the rodeo. While the weather did register with lower attendance numbers on the days when the city seemed to be doing its best Seattle impression (cold, cloudy, rainy, gray and miserable), that was balanced out by days when attendance numbers were well over those registered in 2013, according to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's attendance records.
"Weather obviously has an impact on outdoor activities such as the carnival," Shafer stated via email. "That said, we are ahead on all revenue streams, our rodeo attendance is up and our general attendance is up. We are looking forward to a great 'second' spring break week."
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The second round of schools will be out for spring break this week, meaning there will be ample time for the rodeo to make up any losses in attendance. Or at least there should be. You know Houston -- try to predict the weather and ten minutes later it will change.