If you’re looking for a fun-filled spring break that involves the exciting cowboy culture of the RGV but also has something for everyone, look no further than the 76th annual Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show 2015! This March 13th – 22nd, the party is on at the Mercedes Livestock Show grounds in Mercedes, Texas.

Throughout the show’s 10 days, over 4,000 exhibitors from across the RGV will have the chance to compete for prizes and scholarships by participating in livestock showcase events. Over the course of the show’s history, FFA and 4H exhibitors have been granted millions of dollars, funding young minds in their pursuit for real life livestock experience.

In addition to the competition, the show has grown in its 76-year history to include top-notch entertainment and fun for the whole family. This year is no different! Here are a few of the events scheduled for this year’s show:


Headlining this year’s festival is country music star Gary Allan with the Swon Brothers! Catch the ‘Watching Airplanes’ country superstar as he plays a string of hits to open the show on Friday, March 13th at 7:30 PM. Joining Allan throughout the festival will be local country band Costello with special guest Lauren Corzine, Cody Wayne and Westbound 21, Terry Porter Rowe and Jeanette Silva, Brady Honeycutt, Veronique and the Puro Party Band, and many more!

Rodeo Events

Always a staple of the livestock show, this year’s events will bring the intense thrill and action that only the rodeo can provide. Joining the Show are riders from the best rodeo association in the world, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). Watch as some of the best bull riders in the world compete for prize money and bragging rights in gripping style. Kicking off the rodeo are the Professional Rough Stock series events Bulls, Broncs and Bucks show on Saturday, March 14th at 7:30 PM and the Ironman Bull Fights on March 15th. Don’t miss the action all week long!

Carnival Midway & Shows!

The RGV Livestock Show is just not complete without a Carnival Midway. This is the real deal. Come enjoy rides, attractions, games and delicious carnival food all week long! Who can resist funnel cakes and turkey legs? Sprinkled throughout the week will also be entertainment in the form of shows and exhibitions. Almost all will be performing multiple times throughout the show. They include:

  • BMX Stunt Shows
  • Walking with Dinosaurs strolling acts
  • Petting Zoos and Pet Shows
  • Swifty Swine Racing & Swimming Pigs
  • Robinson Family Chainsaw Artists
  • Timberworks Lumberjack Show
  • And many more!

Get Your Tickets Now!

Start preparing for a spring break you’ll never forget! Visit RGVLS.com for up-to-date information and an updated schedule of events. For a list of ticket outlets across the RGV, click here. To purchase concert and rodeo tickets, visit the RGVLS Extremetix.com page.

For your convenience, Season Passes are also available. Carnival entrance wristbands are available at the carnival entrance. This March 13th – 22nd, be a part of a South Texas tradition at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock show!