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Secrets of the Houston Rodeo: Under-the-radar happenings you shouldn't miss

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CultureMap contributor Marcy de Luna visits with Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan. Courtesy photo

'Tis the season when all roads lead to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which officially runs from March 4 to 23, with enough additonal food, wine and carnival events to round up anyone's inner wrangler grit.

But before you stampede over to Reliant Park for the festivities, know that there are hidden gems within the rush of activities that come and go as quickly as a buckling bronco. That's in addition to the star-studded nightly stadium concert lineup.

CultureMap contributor Marcy de Luna visits with Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan to chat about the Rodeo road less traveled. Among de Luna's favorite HoustonRodeo happenings are:

  • The Hideout, a big white tent that offers concerts for the price of admission to Reliant Park, with featured entertainers such are Cody Johnson, Junior Gordon, Max Stalling and Gary P. Nunn (March 4-23)
  • Champion Wine Garden, an area that spotlights award-winning varietals from the Rodeo Uncorked! International Wine Competition in a relaxing ambiance (March 4-23)
  • The Rodeo Rockstar singing competition, an American Idol-esque challenge for the young and talented ages 6 through 21 (March 11 and 18)
  • Mutton Bustin' competition, in which little ones hold on to their dear lives to show that size has nothing to do with Texas spirit (nightly)
  • The Gold Buckle Foodie Awards, in which food vendors compete in eight categories, including Best Fried Food, Best Food-on-a-stick and Best Dessert, judged by a panel of experts that includes de Luna and CultureMap food authority Eric Sandler (March 6)

Watch the video (below) or click here for the complete segment.

Tell us in the comments: What's your favorite part of rodeo season?

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