The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo may rank first among state fairs in the hearts of Houstonians, but the annual event ranked second in popularity among all fairs nationwide in 2022. A recent study by industry news source Carnival Warehouse found the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the world’s largest livestock show and rodeo, to have the second highest attendance of all fairs in 2022 with 2.4 million attendees. The rodeo is behind the 2022 Texas State Fair at Dallas’ Fair Park, which drew 2.5 million people.
The Houston Rodeo beat the Minnesota State Fair, which is often considered one of the largest state fairs in the nation, and became the third most popular in 2022 with 1.8 million attendees. Chris Boleman, president and CEO of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, credited the high attendance numbers for 2022 after the COVID-19 pandemic, especially after the rodeo was canceled in 2021 and curtailed in 2020 due to health concerns.