Children (and some adults) will be squealing with delight with the return of a carnival to the annual Humble Rodeo and BBQ Cookoff. Plenty of food and fun are to be had.

So dust off your boots and hat, gather up your friends and family, and head over to the Humble Civic Center and Arena for this family-friendly event beginning Feb. 1 and running through Feb. 9.

- Annual event a family favorite for generations -

The carnival actually will be set up and ready for eager riders Thursday evening, Jan. 31 beginning at 5 p.m. It will run through Saturday, Feb. 9. Unlimited ride wristbands are $30; tickets are $1 each and can be bought in books for $20 and $40. The KCBS-sanctioned BBQ Cookoff takes place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2. In addition to good food, there will be the “Rumble in Humble,” a pit challenge for Humble ISD FFA welding class students, a Kids BBQ Cook-off, a Kids Zone, and live music to dance to. The Chad Cooke Band starts off the entertainment at 11 a.m. on Saturday, which continues with Curtis Grimes, Randall King, Desert Okies and Jesse Raub, Jr. Awards will be presented at 5 p.m. on Saturday and the Grand Champion of the event will win $2,000. One-day tickets are $15, $10 for those under 21, and 5 and under are free. Admission includes access to the Kids Zone, vendors, live music and a meal at the Feed the Public tent.

Sensory bags are being donated by the Lake Houston Family YMCA so that those with sensory sensitivities and/or are on the Autism Spectrum can enjoy all events. A $10 cash deposit is required.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, The Sixth Annual Career and Technology (CTE) Career Expo will take place from 4:30-7:30 p.m. in the Civic Center. The 72nd Annual Humble ISD Livestock Show runs Feb. 6-8. Bring the kids to view hard-working students’ steers, swine, lambs, goats, turkeys, broilers (chickens) and rabbits. The Special Kids Day Program and Tour will be on Friday, Feb. 8 and requires prior reservations. There will also be a 4H food competition and auction that day. The livestock show concludes with a buyers’ barbecue and a live auction. For a complete list of events, visit

The rodeo starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8 with gates open at 5:30 p.m. The Humble Rodeo features all seven rodeo events co-sanctioned by the United Professional Rodeo Association and Cowboy’s Professional Rodeo Association. Brave little cowboys and cowgirls can participate in mutton bustin,’ with FFA and 4H members vying to win in the calf scramble and chute doggin’ competitions. On Friday night, Mike Ryan and Parker McCollum will perform after the rodeo, with the popular Aaron Watson taking the stage Saturday night. Winners of The Voice Humble singing competition – Alexys Deets, Sarah Garza and Brooke Searcy – earned the prestigious honor of singing on stage along with the headliners. Refreshments are available for purchase and there is paid parking at the arena ($10). Free parking and shuttle service are available at Humble High School at 1700 Wilson Road and New Covenant Church at 901 Wilson Road. For a detailed schedule and to purchase tickets for the cookoff and/or rodeo, visit


Sarah Mertins
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I grew up on a farm in New Mexico and miss eating hot chile and having four seasons. I didn't start college until I was already a mother and double majored in English and anthropology. I received an Honors B.A. from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and was named “Outstanding Student” in English. My honors thesis is titled “The Enduring and Ever-Changing Legend of La Llorona.” I worked as a police reporter for a bit before staying home in Kingwood to raise my two daughters. My hobbies include reading, gardening, cooking and traveling.

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