Houston and I have had this love affair since…well, most of my life. Yet, this was my first time to attend the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Makes me sad to think of all the fun I’ve missed over the years.

The HLSR is a yearly Houston event. So, put it on your 2013 schedule as a “must see” and here’s why….

Good Cause: Volunteers, 26,000 of them to be exact, run the Show. This allows the proceeds to be put into scholarships for the young people who participate in the Livestock show.

Kids’ Country: An entire section of the Reliant Center grounds is devoted to the enjoyment of the young people. They can compete in Mutton Bustin’ or Pig Races or ride rides or learn about different animals. Kids’ Country is geared to them. They love it!!

Good Food: Each year food venues vie to win a Foodie Award. On our HLSR adventure, we visited as many of these booths as our stomachs would allow. We thought the Best New Flavor: Aunt Edmoe’s Cookies — Fried Cookie Dough on a Stick was simply a fun way to satisfy that sweet tooth.  Best Value Food: Ranch House Meat Company — Pork Rib Plate was a superb lunch for Fab’s hungry crew.

Top Entertainment: HLSR brings in some of the top names in entertainment.  The day we did this filming Blake Shelton was performing that evening. You won’t be disappointed in the variety of groups on the list from Reba to ZZ Top.

Fun Midway: What would a rodeo be if you couldn’t make your tummy meet your throat? After we interviewed, ate, walked, laughed and pretty much exhausted ourselves, we all went out to the midway to play games and ride the rides.  The excitement is contagious and we all caught the fun.

Great stuff to buy: If you’re into “western” this is a shoppers paradise!  Buy a new cowboy hat, a commemorative buckle from Bubbas Murphy or an elegant jacket or skirt from Patricia Wolf.  Whatever strikes your fancy, your can “fancy up” here.

When:  The HLSR begins in February and ends in March…every year.

Location:  Reliant Stadium area off Loop 610 South

So…Cowboy-Up and put the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on your 2013 agenda.