Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show

2016 Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show & Rodeo in Mercedes

Put on your cowboy boots, climb on your pony and giddy up on over here. Join your community in celebration of the 77th Annual Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show & Rodeo in Mercedes. For 10 straight days - Friday, March 11th to Sunday, March 20th - come marvel in the joys of special festivities and contests all centered on the region's dedication to livestock and agriculture. This year's festival will feature live performances by Chris Young and Jerrod Niemann, local favorites like the Wild Wild West shows and the Little Miss Cowgirl contest, plus all of the best festival foods you can think of! Here's a little more of what you can expect:

  • Parades
  • Horse Shows
  • Cooking Contest
  • Competitive Livestock Events
  • Exhibits & Petting Zoos
  • Family-friendly Shows

There's so much more! You can bet on keeping busy throughout the festival, as each day is packed with multiple activities and contests happening simultaneously. Take a better look at the awesome events taking place at the 2016 RGV Livestock Show & Rodeo by clicking here.

The Story

The Rio Grande Valley has an extensive history that conveys its ability to perfectly blend two diverse cultural backgrounds. In fact, the peoples of South Texas have so effectively balanced Mexican and American customs that the RGV practically sports its own culture. Local folk participate in traditions and celebrations established long ago and are proof of cultural unity. With a story that goes back several decades and generations, the RGV Livestock Show & Rodeo is a prime example of this.

In 1940, the Mercedes Chamber of Commerce organized a livestock show for residents held at a local sales yard with makeshift pens and sheds. Nearly ten years later, the show moved to its present location at 1000 North Texas in Mercedes. The show soon formed a Board of Directors when it was chartered as a nonprofit, educational organization. By 1979, all exhibits upgraded from their tent coverage to permanent buildings. The Livestock Show holds an impressive list of dedicated local and national sponsors which make the event come to life. Over the years, more than $25 million have been donated to the organization. It is now ranked as one of the top 10 livestock shows in the State of Texas.

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