Boots, barbecue and fun are coming with the return of a much-loved Humble tradition — the Humble Rodeo & BBQ Cook-Off.
Nine days of fun kick off Jan. 26 with a carnival that will be open during the entire event. Ride a Ferris wheel and other popular rides and test your skills at a long list of games. Funnel cakes and other carnival food will also be available to purchase. The carnival is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily through Feb. 5. During the BBQ cook-off, carnival wristbands are $15. The carnival is free during the livestock show and rodeo.
The BBQ cook-off is open to the public 4-11 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29. Your entry includes a meal and performances by Abigail Taylor and Mason Creager & The Gulf Coast Drifters on Friday and Brian Winfield and Gary Kyle on Saturday. Come ready to shop as more than a dozen vendors will be offering a variety of foods and goods for purchase. Besides judging for the best chicken, pork ribs, pork and brisket, there will be four other contest during the BBQ cook-off. Cook teams will vie for the best margaritas on Friday night and the pit challenge — which tasks high schoolers to build a BBQ pit from scratch — will be Saturday.
Young cooks will compete in two age categories during the Kids Q Cook-Off on Saturday. High school teams will face off in the Rumble in Humble cook-off. Cost for the weekend is $15. Children ages 5 and under get in free.
The Livestock Show & Rodeo kicks off Monday, Jan. 31, with rabbit, lamb, goat, broiler, turkey, swine and steer shows lined up through Wednesday, Feb. 2. Thursday, Feb. 3, brings the live auction and livestock auction, as well as a 4H Food Auction.
Rodeo action gets underway 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 4 and 5, with seven rodeo events sanctioned by the United Professional Rodeo Association and the Cowboy’s Professional Rodeo Association. In addition to competing cowboys, kids will challenge each other in a Calf Scramble, Chute Dogging and Muttin Bustin.Concerts start around 9 each evening. Bag of Donuts performs Friday and Aaron Watson takes the stage Saturday. Tickets are $20. Children ages 5 and under are free.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Humble ISD Foundation, which provides teacher grants and scholarships. The foundation has given more than $15 million to teachers and students at Humble ISD, creating a foundation for lifelong learning.