Though attendance at concert performances have looked lower than usual this year, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is breaking records right and left this season, and three were set over the past weekend.
After a record-breaking attendance of 75,175 at Bruno Mars on Thursday night — where Reliant Stadium was packed to the rafters, tweens crowding a dozen deep on the concourse — performers Julion Alvarez and Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon topped that attendance by nearly 200 fans on Sunday's Go Tejano Day.
On Saturday, the going price for the Grand Champion Junior Market Lamb set a world record at $220,000. The lamb, purchased by the Hildebrand Family, was raised by 16-year-old Wilson County 4-H member Jessica Puente.
The runner up Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Lamb, exhibited by 16-year-old Trae Shearer of Bells FFA, sold for $136,000 — breaking another world record. And yet another was set by the Grand Champion Junior Market Goat, raised by 18-year-old Mason County 4-H member Gabe Jennings, which sold for $156,000.
"Stowing the Riggings," an artwork by 16-year-old Denisse Molina, sold at the School Art Auction on Sunday for a world record-breaking $210,000. Molina says that the money will go toward continuing her education.