The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has been cancelled due to concerns over COVID-19. (Photo from Facebook)

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which was scheduled for May 4-23, has been cancelled because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Wednesday news release from rodeo officials.

The rodeo’s Downtown Rodeo Parade, Trail Ride activities, Rodeo Uncorked! Roundup & Best Bites Competition, and the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, also have been scrapped.

The Junior Livestock and Horse Show competitions as well the Junior Market auctions and Champion Wine Auction will still be held in May, but as private events in accordance with state and local health and safety guidelines.

“While this is an extremely heartbreaking decision for our rodeo volunteers and the larger rodeo community, we believe this decision is in the best interest of the health and well-being of our community,” rodeo president and CEO Chris Boleman said.

Dates and information for the 2022 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will be announced once available.

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