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Houston Rodeo Cancels All Entertainment Events for 2021 Edition

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The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has canceled all of its entertainment events for 2021. The cancellation includes the RODEOHOUSTON competitions, concerts and entertainment, carnival, and other attractions and activities, which were recently rescheduled for May 4-23 due to the ongoing pandemic.

“While we were optimistic that moving our Rodeo to May would provide a better opportunity to host our annual community event that Rodeo fans have come to love and expect, unfortunately, it has become evident that the current health situation has not improved to the degree necessary to host our event,” said president and CEO of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Chris Boleman in a release. “While this is an extremely heartbreaking decision for our Rodeo volunteers and the larger Rodeo community, we believe this decision is in the best interest of the health and well-being of our community.”

The rodeo has stated that there were several factors in making the decision to cancel, including health and safety, as well as financial concerns. After much consultation with local and state officials and medical experts, Rodeo officials concluded that canceling the 2021 event was the right decision.

The Rodeo, which is typically held in March, was also forced to cancel a portion of its events last March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, concerts by Kane Brown, Dierks Bentley and Keith Urban were canceled.

The Junior Livestock and Horse Show competitions will still be held in March, as private events. The Junior Market Auctions and Champion Wine Auction will also still be held in May, also as private events. These events will follow all state and local health and safety guidelines.

“The Rodeo and our volunteers are committed to continuing to provide fans with a community event that all can be proud of,” Boleman said. “We look forward to welcoming Rodeo fans back to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in 2022 for our 90th anniversary celebration.”

Dates and information for the 2022 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will be announced once available.