Thousands enjoy mutton busting and bull-riding at Rodeo Austin

Over 300,000 people from all around the country flock to Rodeo Austin each year to take in the sights, sounds, food and rides.

"We wanted to come see the bull ride, that's what we came to watch, and watch the people here walking around and enjoying themselves," said Punkin Herron and Gwen Ealand, who traveled from Jasper, Texas.

Marilyn Bacque owns the petting zoo at the rodeo this year. She says she has always had a love for animals, and she enjoys  sharing them with Rodeo Austin visitors.

"As a little girl I've always loved animals and I envisioned myself walking a bear or something like that," said Bacque.

The two week rodeo, carnival and concert extravaganza is held at the Travis County expo center, and most can agree, it's nothing short of a treat for the entire family.

"This one was scary and dizzy," said Danny Palacios, rider.

The fun and games are for a cause that hits close to home for many families.

"Each day to know that we put in the long hours and put this event on for the main goal of providing money to Texas students," said Katie Blankenship, Senior Manager of Rodeo Austin.

"There are events in Houston and San Antonio and several other places throughout Texas, however here at Rodeo Austin, since Austin's the live music capital of the world, make sure we are hitting all diverse concerts.

As organizers say, Rodeo Austin, is where weird meets western.

By the end of the week, there will be over 100 live concerts at the rodeo.

The event is held at the Travis County Expo Center grounds.

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