RGV Livestock Show Prepares for Friday Kick Off
POSTED: Friday, March 9, 2012 - 6:00pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 19, 2012 - 8:02am
MERCEDES — The 73rd annual Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show is one of the longest running livestock shows in the state.
"It's a family event, we encourage families to come out," said RGV Livestock Show General Manager, Sam Magee.
It attracts thousands and this year is no exception.
"Last year we had about 250,000 come through our gates during the 10 days," said Magee.
It's an event that gets larger each year.
"Since I've been here, we've grown in attendance every year for five years."
Parking can be a bit of a problem on some of the busiest days during the weekends.
The price to park your car is $3 and livestock show officials have tried to make that process a little easier by implementing extra parking lanes leading up to additional ticket booths. There are now a total of six.
Magee says the big hits at the livestock show are the concerts, kicking off Friday night with Chris Young...but he adds they've got something for everyone.
"Everything from the Budweiser Clydesdales who will be here on Monday to our rodeos to our carnival to our livestock events. I think it's going to be a really good year."
Vendors have come as early as the beginning of the week to start setting up.
The livestock show packs 10 full event-filled days starting this Friday until Sunday, March 18th.