If you've spent any time in West Texas, you've no doubt been to the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. You've had at least one turkey leg, some roasted corn, funnel cake, cotton candy and that crazy sweet lemonade. I would venture to guess that you and your family and friends have made some amazing memories...and perhaps some memories you'd like to forget. Like the time your "fresh out of diapers" 2-year-old didn't make it to the restroom in time. Or the time your 8-year-old ate WAY too much and vomited in your car on the way home from the carnival.

Now, despite the eternal jokes about the unpredictability of West Texas weather during rodeo, it is without a doubt the best time of the year. The Stock Show and Rodeo events, along with other events on the grounds, annually bring in around $30 million dollars to our local economy.

Well, it all starts again this weekend on Feb. 2 at the Rodeo Ground and Coliseum. And if you believe the weather geeks, the first weekend is supposed to be sunny and beautiful!

Over time I've come to see a little bit of what it takes to put on an event of this size.  First of all, it's important to remember that the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo Association is a non-profit agency.

Over 1,000 incredibly hard working volunteers pull together the best events so that the association can continue to provide scholarships for kids from all over Texas. Last year, 13 high school students each received $8,000 college scholarships and one student received a $16,000 scholarship.

The way San Angelo pulls together for rodeo has not gone unnoticed. Every year, my family and I meet new folks from out of town who become great friends.

Get all the information you could ever dream of about the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo, including the midway carnival, by clicking here.

And just in case you need it, you can get weather information for the rodeo by clicking here.

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