A couple of weeks ago I made the trip to Austin, TX to the SXSW convention for my day job. (if you follow me on twitter, facebook or at the ARe Cafe you might have seen a few goofy pics. ) Unfortunately I didn’t get to take part in the festivities for the convention since I was busy working on the show room floor. But I did make time to visit Rodeo Austin while I was there and what a blast to the past that was. After our first full day in Austin, and while I was fighting some sort of illness, author Cat Johnson and I cabbed our way from downtown Austin to the Rodeo.
Honestly, I haven’t been to a rodeo since I was a teenager. It was like going back home. From the carnival rides set up out front to the food trailers surrounding the building, it was exactly as I’d remembered it. Although I have to admit I had never been to a rodeo quite the caliber as what they offered in Austin. I was a little more accustomed to the homegrown variety. I didn’t grow up in what anyone would ever call a big city or even a moderate sized city. Heck, half the people in Florida haven’t even heard of my hometown. lol
The first thing we did was check out some of the vendors and we found a wonderful woman from R Knot Ranch Wear who was more than happy to share some insightful information about her business to a couple of romance writers who had their mental notepads working overtime. Both Cat and I agreed that her idea to fashion purses from old boot tops was ingenious.
Here are a few pics I thought I’d share from that night. Cause what’s a rodeo without a few cowboys, right?
After the Rodeo was over we were treated to a great show by Dierks Bentley. I did take a little video with my cell phone but the audio quality sucked so I searched on YouTube and found a video by someone else who was there and was sitting a hell of a lot closer. lol So I swiped their video to show you.