The first Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show was held in 1940 at the grounds of a livestock sales yard and after 8 years at that same location, in 1949 the show moved to 1000 North Texas in Mercedes, Texas and has been growing ever since. This event was originally organized by the Mercedes Chamber of Commerce and in 1947 the RGV Livestock Show became incorporated and chartered as a non-profit educational organization with a Board of Directors. Over the years the show has grown to house exhibits in permanent buildings at the present location with over 100 acres. Recently the plans have begun to include construction of a 26 Acre North Parking Lot.
Today The Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show offers family entertainment including livestock competitions, rodeos, parades, a carnival, live music entertainment and more. People from across the state and Winter Texans visiting the Valley head for the livestock show fairgrounds every March to enjoy one of the biggest annual events in the Rio Grande Valley and ranked in the top ten events in the state.
Live Music, Rodeos and Events
Bands and entertainers include Intocable, Randy Houser, Coffey Anderson, Roger Creager, Cory Morrow, Cody Canada and the Departed, Powell Brothers and Sweet Water Rain. Check out the 14th Annual Bud Light Smokin' on the Rio BBQ Cookoff. Rodeos include the Ranch Rodeo March 11 and 12, the PRCA Xtreme Bullriding March 16 and the PRCA Rodeo March 17 and 18. There's a beer garden, Shops at the Show featuring handcrafted and unique items. The Midway Carnival, the Greased Pig Scramble, a special Senior Citizens Program on March 15 with door prizes & entertainment.
Fun for everyone at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show and Rodeo March 8 to March 19, 2017 in Mercedes, Texas.
RGV Livestock Show Video
This short video has some clips from shows in the past:
Here's a video by Cesar Rebollo from the show in March, 2016