RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – The 81st annual Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show and Rodeo has begun.
This is one of the largest shows in the valley, where people come together to enjoy food, music, and of course the competitive livestock events.
For days people from all over the valley have been making their way to the livestock show, many of the people showcasing their cattle are students who make the event part of an annual tradition.
Many of the prized steers are being showcased in the Rio Grande Valley by students who grew up around farm animals.
Marco Peña has been showing beefmaster cattle for the past nine years, he said this experience has taught him how to be responsible.
“You can’t learn this stuff anywhere else from a young age. You learn responsibility, every morning you have to be out there and you have to put a solid days of work and time management because it’s not easy to manage school and studies while being responsible for live animals,” said Marco Peña.
This is not Marcos’ first rodeo, and neither is it for Sophia Garza, a 6th grader who has been participating in the livestock show for 3 years.
She explains how she gets her livestock ready for the show.
“We usually bathe them but then after that, we let them dry, we feed them, we give them water, and then we use a spray and we shine them a little,” said Sophia Garza.
This event is very welcoming to students from all over the RGV. Marco Peña has some advice for younger students participating in the show.
“Enjoy it, it goes by fast, it seems like just yesterday I was in middle school and elementary in my first show and now I’m already in college showing as a ‘has been’ I guess you can say,” said Peña.
These students look forward to showcasing their livestock every year which could get them thousands of dollars at auction.
But, if livestock is not your thing there is plenty of things to do here including concerts, rodeos, and of course the big parade tomorrow morning.
In fact, our very own KVEO Karina Vargas will be one of the judges for the parade entries.
The Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show will go on from now until March 22nd.