It’s the most exciting time of the year for those in the Lake Houston area; the 73rd Annual Humble Rodeo and BBQ Cook-off is coming to town!

The festivities start off with carnival fun from Thursday, Jan. 30 through Saturday, Feb. 8.There will be daily specials such as $20-$30 unlimited ride wristbands, Dollar Day (for rides and refreshments), Buddy Day, and Military/First Responder Appreciation Day. There will plenty of fun rides, yummy eats and competitive games for all of the family!

A barbecue cook-off will take place Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, and the rodeo will take place Feb. 7-8.

“We host the largest Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) barbecue in the state of Texas; usually we have around 10,000 people in attendance throughout the duration of the event,” said Adam Foster, president of Humble Rodeo. “The KCBS was a competitive cooking club whose desire was to put together a local group for competitive barbecue. It has since grown exponentially and provides oversight to hundreds of competitions. It is the largest competitive barbecue organization in the world with more than 20,000 members.”

Also planned is the Ag Mechanics Pit challenge, a Kids Q barbecue competition on Saturday morning for ages 5-15, vendors, and a huge kids zone open daily throughout the entire event.

Humble ISD 4H and FFA exhibitors competed in the 73rd annual Humble ISD Livestock Show the week before the BBQ Cook-off, Jan. 21-24. Those events were held in the Humble Civic Center Arena.

Humble ISD and the Humble Education Foundation will present a free Rodeo Art Exhibit, Friday, Jan. 31, from 5-8 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 1, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Charles Bender Performing Arts Center to provide Humble ISD students first-12th grades an opportunity to submit rodeo art for display. The winning art will be moved to the Humble Civic Center for display at the Humble Rodeo and BBQ Cook-Off festivities.

Foster emphasized the magnitude of the Humble Rodeo. He said, “We usually have over 20,000 people attend the Humble Rodeo; it is a large attraction within the local area.”

Live entertainment is set for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7 and 8. Lanco will perform Friday, Feb. 7 and Hardy will perform Saturday, Feb. 8. The winners of the Humble Voice competition, Emmee Licir of Kingwood Park High School and Sofia Plata of Summer Creek High School, will get to perform with these music artists as well. The FFA Calf Scramble, FFA Chute Doggin’ and Mutton Bustin’ are crowd favorites and will be held both Friday and Saturday nights before the professional cowboys and cowgirls come out and compete to win.

Humble Rodeo Vice President Robert Comstock said that last year, the rodeo was the second largest United Professional Rodeo Association-sanctioned event as far as award money with a total of $66,000 given out. Competitions include bull riding, calf roping, steer dogging, saddle bronc riding, and barrel racing. Returning from last year is miniature chuckwagon racing as well.

Tickets for the cook-off are $15 per person and tickets for the rodeo are $25. They are available for purchase at Cavender’s, Robbins Chevrolet, at the Humble ISD Administration Building or online. All net proceeds benefit the Humble ISD Education Foundation in its efforts to support innovative programs that increase learning opportunities for students at all 43 Humble ISD schools.

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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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