The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo
Most years, the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo takes place at the same time as South by Southwest (mid-March). The front page of the newspaper will often feature a photo of a tattooed hipster adjacent to an article about the champion steer. In some ways, it’s an apt representation of Austin—the progressive music scene and the old-fashioned livestock show.
Even the rockers can enjoy the rodeo, however, with its roping and barrel racing competitions, carnival rides, Texas food vendors, and live music.
The rodeo attracts huge crowds from across the state each year, drawn by the excitement of witnessing a bull riding competition—it’s far more intense in person than on TV—and by the quality musicians. Past performers include diverse acts such as Merle Haggard, Nelly, Maroon 5, and Clay Walker. For more information visit www.rodeoaustin.com or call 512/919-3000.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition