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RodeoHouston 2011

Lasting images: It was a sunny Go Tejano Day at RodeoHouston


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Go Tejano Day is always one the biggest days of attendance at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and this year was no exception. Blessed by a glorious sunny Sunday, more 138,000 people jammed the rodeo grounds, the most so far this year in a single day.

CultureMap contributing photographer Michelle Watson roamed around in search of  some lasting images of what makes the day so special. Here's what she found.

Mutton Bustin' is a crowd favorite at RodeoHouston. All riders are between the ages of 5 and 6 years old and weigh less than 60 pounds. 

It's all about the music.

Raul Lacayo joined announcers Bob Tallman and Boyd Polhamus to provide bilingual rodeo commentary.

When the band is playing, Maria Reyna Rodriguez and Javier Rodriguez can't help but dance. 

Manuel Cabral from the Stephen F. Austin FFA-Houston worked hard to rope one in the Calf Scramble.

These are some serious 'roach-killin' boots. 

La Leyenda performed at Go Tejano Day along with La Arrolladora Banda El Limon. They drew the third largest crowd for a concert in rodeo history.

Raelyn Donato lavishes some love on her new friend in the Kids Country petting zoo.

Like every true cowboy, Guerrero Velazques Zubra knows when it's time for a shine. 

Bevo, the UT mascot, enjoyed all the attention at RodeoHouston despite his team's 5-7 football season. But he has high hopes that the basketball team will make it to Reliant for the Final Four. If so, he'll make a return trip to H-Town.

Go Tejano Day brought in a large contingent of Hispanic media to this year's rodeo. Secundino Vazquez describes the action.

Brian Barrios is ready for Tuesday night's KISS concert.