Every year, we look forward to the rodeo coming to Houston. Why? Because it is more than just a rodeo.
My family received complimentary ground passes and carnival books, thanks to USFG and HLSR. All opinions stated are my own based on my personal experience.
One of our favorite places to visit is the AGventure kids zone. We got to see baby chicks hatch in the poultry exhibit. We learned about all the new animals that were born in the birthing center.
My daughter loves to get her hands dirty in the horticulture exhibit while digging for worms and learning about the importance of soil composition, vegetation and water conservation in urban and rural agriculture. She loves planting the sunflower seeds in a cup to take home and chatting with the volunteers. She talked to the volunteer about the tomatoes she has planted in her garden at home.
This is the perfect place where kids can get up close to animals. There were 12 interactive and educational exhibits. The bunny rabbits were one of my daughter's favorite. She got to see lots of bunnies and pet them as well.
There was a fully-functioning milking parlor where we were able to see where milk comes from and learn how it is transported to our local grocery store. We also attended a live demonstration from some local farmers.
It is always a great learning experience for our kids. I like how interactive this kid's zone is.
We then headed out to the carnival for some thrills on the rides.
There was also a big outdoor stage where performers took the stage. We sat and learned about animals.
But my most favorite thing about the rodeo is how much they do for education. HLSR provides scholarships every year to deserving students. It has been awarding scholarships since the first one in 1957. Nearly 17,000 scholarships. Now that shows how committed they are to the youth and their education.