The 82nd edition of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo came to an end Sunday with a new 20-day attendance record of 2.48 million people.
The record came with a bit of an asterisk as last year's total attendance record of 2.5 million visitors included an extra day for a George Strait concert. Even so, there was a lot to brag about this go-around.
“So many different facets of the Show — horse show, livestock show, rodeo, carnival, music, shopping and dining — provided a unique combination for family fun and created an overall success,” Show president Joel Cowley said in a news release.
Paid attendance for nightly concerts also reached a record 1.37 million. Five performers from this year's lineup broke into the top 10 all-time concert attendance records — Banda MS and Pesado (No. 4), Maroon 5 (No. 6), Luke Bryan (No. 8), Usher (No. 9) and Blake Shelton (No. 10).
There was also a lot of rodeo action, as photographer Michelle Watson capture in this photo essay.
2014 Barrel Racing Champion Nancy Hunter of Neola, Utah took the top prize of $55,000.