A young man in a cowboy hat wearing the number 76 stands next to a large cow
San Antonio Light Collection, University of Texas at San Antonio Special Collections

Spring is livestock show season in Texas. Across the state, folks gather to compete for bragging rights when it comes to proving whose steer, chicken, goat, or pig is best. This young man proudly shows off his award-winning Hereford at the inaugural San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, held in 1950. Over the years, acts ranging from Dolly Parton to the Beach Boys to John Legend have performed at the event. Even Lassie showed up in 1963. Taking place Feb. 10-27 this year, the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo is expected to draw more than 1.5 million people and 70,000 animals for exhibitions, rodeos, the fairgrounds, and big-name musicians from country singer Toby Keith to rapper Ludacris.

From the February 2022 issue
The June 2024 cover of Texas Highways: Treasures from the Coast

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