While this weekend had an urban focus on the NBA All-Star game and a multitude of parties celebrating the athletes and the sport, the city's vibe is changing right now as workers and volunteers prepare for Houston's month-long western extravaganza.
Folks, are you ready to rodeo?
RodeoHouston, that is, running Feb. 25-March 17 at Reliant Center and grounds as part of the mega-Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
We're sharing with you behind-the-scenes set-up images posted by RodeoHouston on its Facebook page: From inside Reliant Stadium, outside at the carnival, Shell Show Pride! and Reliant Center and the Top Hands Horse Show in Reliant Arena.
(Stages), lights, cameras and, soon, action!
Polishing those famous oversized boots that greet rodeo-goers
What's your favorite rodeo food?
It's not a rodeo without your cowboy (or cowgirl) hat.
The smell of award-winnning barbecue is soon to fill the air.
The ribbons are ordered and printed, ready to be handed out to winning entries.
Those cute little RodeoHouston guys, all boot and hat.
Workers install stands in anticipation of record rodeo crowds.
Up with the signs, and let RodeoHouston begin!