More than a Rodeo
When people hear “Rodeo Austin”, they automatically think of the 15-day Fair & Rodeo that takes over the Travis County Expo Center every March. The story of Rodeo Austin begins 83 years ago in a time where there were more than 2,600 farms in Travis County. Austin’s Baby Beef Show was created to help develop this part of the economy. The small event featured 16 animals and was held on the temporary State Capitol Grounds at Eleventh Street and Congress Avenue.
Throughout its history, the livestock show has expanded from a tiny Travis County show to one that welcomes 4-H and FFA youth from across the state. And its rodeo, which had humble 1950s beginnings in the cramped City Coliseum, is now officially sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.