Humble ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo begins By PATSY OLIVER hoabinhre It's that time again -- time to dust off those hats, boots and buckles and get ready to rodeo. The Humble ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo began setting up on Tuesday and will run through the weekend. The family-friendly attraction promises something for everyone, even if they're not a little bit country. “With all of the additions to this event ... we expect this to be the best year yet,” said Stacy Williams, rodeo chairman. The event is in its 60th year and all proceeds will benefit the Humble ISD Education Foundation. This weekend, attendees can visit the numerous vendors' booths, livestock auction, art display, rodeo events, listen to live music, and more. Students began setting up for the livestock shows on Tuesday, and the shows will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, during the day. Special Kids Day will be held on Friday, beginning at 9 a.m. and this heart-warming tradition allows special needs students a hands-on chance to enjoy the animals and many other activities, such as face painting. The barbecue cook-off always draws a large assemblage of competitors and eager tasters, and this year will be no exception. Registration includes 113 cook teams and the Kids Cook-off will also return this year on Saturday afternoon. New to the festivities will be the Pit Building Challenge, in which seven classes from the district will compete and the pits will then be judged and be auctioned off. The proceeds will be returned to the classroom that built the pit. There will be a Kids' Zone complete with inflatables for jumping and sliding, rock climbing, a giant swing and a mechanical bull. Also new this year will be a child identification booth, directed by law enforcement officers. Live music will include the Texas Unlimited Band, Roger Creager and a concert by Fab 5. “Roger Creager is the biggest entertainer we've ever had,” said Williams. Local band, 59 North, will also take the stage on Friday evening. The pageant and talent competitions took place the past two Sundays, with the Humble Idol to be decided at Friday night's rodeo, after progressing from last Sunday's preliminaries. The much-anticipated event kicked off last weekend with the Renegade Roundup Pancake Breakfast and the parade down Humble's Main Street. Tickets will be available at the gate for $10 on Friday and $12, to include the Roger Creager concert, on Saturday. The rodeo and cook-off are presented by Administaff and the title sponsors are D&D Collision and Callaway's Collision Specialists. The event will be held at the Humble Civic Center Arena located at 8233 Will Clayton Parkway. Free parking and shuttle will be available at Humble High School and the New Covenant Church, just north of the high school. For more information and a complete schedule, visit www.humblerodeo.com