Growing up in northeast Texas we had a Fair and Rodeo once a year for about a week. This is a regular for most small Texas towns. Well just like they say "everything is bigger in Texas", I can say everything is also bigger in Houston.
In Houston the fair and rodeo comes to town for several weeks and takes over. They bring in big name concerts every night like The Jonas Brothers, Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift, etc. Plus they have tons of rides, food, and rodeo activity. It is a real nightmare for anyone who dislikes crowds.
Have you ever seen a real trail ride? If you live in Houston you have because horses and covered wagons come from all over the state (and maybe country) to the rodeo. They ride down major highways as they make their way to the park. Finally local businesses and schools all participate in the excitement. My work had a rodeo day where we were all expected to dress in our rodeo wear and the kids all had rodeo days too, complete with petting zoos.
Here are a few pictures from Sam and Ruthie's rodeo day at preschool. There are less pictures of Ruthie because she stayed clear of the animals.