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Lone Star State Kicks Off 2009 Rodeo Season

Competitions, concerts, cook-offs and carnivals planned in Houston, Austin, Fort Worth, San Antonio and across Texas

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Texas' 2009 annual rodeo season is now underway, and visitors will come from across the West to enjoy the Long Star State's storied Western tradition, filled with fun, sights, sounds, scents, tastes and experiences.

With high stakes professional rodeo, concert performances by top name entertainers, carnivals, barbecue cook-offs, live auctions, trail rides and more, there will be something for just about everyone.

"Visitors to Texas' annual livestock shows and rodeos will enjoy the exciting rodeo traditions and rich Western heritage that are such a big part of the Texas story, while at the same time experiencing a wide array of top musicians, incredible food, and shopping for everything from custom-made boots to jewelry and clothing," said Julie Chase, Director of Tourism for the Texas Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism.

The 2009 Texas rodeo season includes the following:

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo (now through Feb. 8): America's oldest stock show celebrates its 113th year in 2009, with specialty and professional rodeo events taking place daily. With approximately 900,000 visitors each year, this annual event features a carnival midway full of attractions, education exhibits, vendors - sellinge verything from jewelry and belt buckles to boots and clothing apparel -livestock shows and sales at one of the best equestrian centers in America - theWill Rogers Memorial Center. For more information, visit
www.fwstockshowrodeo.com .

The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo (now through Feb. 17): Visitors will converge upon the AT&T Center and Freeman Coliseum Grounds for a host of rodeo events, along with a carnival and star-studded performances. Entertainers will include Reba McEntire, Gary Allan, Allen Jackson, Pat Green, Billy Ray Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Darius Rucker, Wade Bowen, the Goo Goo Dolls, Brooks & Dunn, Jack Ingram, Montgomery Gentry and more. For more information, visit
www.sarodeo.com .

The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (March 3-22): Since the show's 1932 debut, it has contributed more than $230 million to scholarships, research, endowments, calf scramble participants, junior show exhibitors, the Rodeo Institute for Teacher Excellence, School Art participants, and other educational and youth programs. Visitors to Reliant Park will find somethingfor everyone - a petting zoo, sing-a-longs and gondola Sky Ride for families, new club The Hideout for those 21 and up, and the Southwest-sponsored Champion Wine Garden in Carruth Plaza for adults. For more information, visit
www.rodeohouston.com .

The Star of Texas Rodeo (March 13-28): Austin goes cowboy as competitors hit the Travis County Expo Center arena and area exhibitors show prize livestock at the 72nd annual event. Headline entertainers will appear in concert nightly, with past performers including Willie Nelson, Styx, Gretchen Wilson and Kevin Fowler. Those looking for more than bull riding and calf roping can check out the Rodeo Rumble Run (March 13), the Chuck WagonCook-off (March 13-14), the BBQ Cook-off (March 20-22) and the Bullet Proof Blowout (March 27-28). For more information, call (512) 919-3000 or visit
www.staroftexas.org .

Additional rodeos are scheduled throughout the state, from the series of Cowboys Professional RodeoAssociation (CPRA) events in Corsicana, Huntsville, Katy, Madisonville and George West (January through March 2009), to the West of the Pecos Rodeo (June 24-27), the Tri-State Fair and Rodeo in Amarillo (September) and the Southwestern International PRCA Rodeo in El Paso (September).

For more information about rodeos, events and travel across the state of Texas, log on to
www.TravelTex.com .

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