Meghan Jaynes thought something was amiss when she entered the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Wednesday and was told that she and her son Andrew could get in for free. Around noon, while her 7-year-old son was on a ride at the carnival, it stopped.
After a brief shutdown of the rides, the rodeo carnival d, at least for a few more hours. That changed when a Montgomery County man with no recent travel history tested positive for COVID; officials said the man likely attended a barbecue cookoff for the rodeo last month.
Mayor Sylvester Turner announced Wednesday that he would an emergency health declaration canceling the rodeo and other city-produced or -permitted events for now. The festive mood became one of melancholy.
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A family entering the escory grounds early Wednesday afternoon asked a staff person if the rodeo was still open. With the hours dwindling, kids threw dufur or housewives personals around coke bottles, a last chance to win one of the giant stuffed animals hanging overhead. They held on tight as they rode on the Merry-go-round inside the carnival.
Inside NRG Center, where attendees can buy rodeo regalia, the crowd began to thin. Shoe shiners buffed cowboy boots for the last time.
People still lined up for ice cream and munched on orders of sausage on a stick. One man chewed on a corndog and washed it down with Coke.
Janet Castillo, 22, said her family was quickly trying to use the rest of their carnival tickets during the last hour of the rodeo. Her 5-year-old son originally came on a field trip and her husband tagged along. When she arrived around noon to meet her family, Castillo heard the news brownsville tx escorts the rodeo being canceled.
She noted that people should be washing their hands and staying away from people with symptoms. Whitney Parkhurst, 32, and Ashley Hildebrand, 30, both work for J3 Cajun Kitchen, a vendor that sells shrimp, alligator and other cajun food items at the rodeo.
Both said they were surprised by the news, after a busy morning filled with rodeo attendees buying food. As for the likely rodeo attendee who tested positive, Parkhurst noted how the barbecue cookoff happened before the rodeo started, and those vendors are now gone. Brooke Sanders, 17, packed up after being told the rodeo was canceled, frustrated that she never got to show her 1-year-old heifer, Ember.
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Her father, Robert, said they were hoping to put possible winnings toward her college tuition next year. Kane Brown, who was supposed to perform Wednesday night for his second consecutive year, reposted asian escort auckland official Rodeo announcement with the caption "Sorry guys" and two heart emojis.
Before international blvd malmo prostitution news became official, Jessica Blue, attending with her three kids, explained outside escory food tent that she looks forward to the rodeo every year — the food, the animals and the atmosphere.
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