TOMBALL, TX — Signaling the start of rodeo season across the region, Sam Houston Trail Riders made an appearance at the Tomball Depot Tuesday on their way to the 2018 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Every year since 1955, riders have made the 70-mile trek from Montgomery County to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to raise awareness about Texas’ Western heritage.
On the second day, riders visit Tomball Depot for a parade and lunch before heading to Harris County Precinct 4’s Spring Creek Park for two days of camping.
Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle greeted trail riders at the depot and wished them well on their journey to Spring Creek Park.
"We’re excited to help continue this important tradition," said Cagle. "The warm greeting Precinct 4 residents give the riders every year demonstrates how special our region truly is."
After leaving Spring Creek Park, trail riders headed downtown to meet with 10 other groups for the Downtown Rodeo Parade Saturday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m.
Besides supporting the rodeo, Sam Houston Trail Riders raise funds for fire departments in Montgomery, Magnolia, and Cypress as well as the Sharp Family Scholarship for seniors who participate in the trail ride
Spring Creek Park is a 114-acre facility featuring one unlighted softball field, one lighted basketball pavilion, two lighted tennis courts, a small barbecue pavilion, a large barbecue pavilion, eight RV/camper hook-ups, three tent camping sites, one primitive camping area, a playground, trails, picnic tables, barbecue grills, an archery range, a sand volleyball court, and a rest room/shower pavilion.
For more information, visit www.rodeohouston.com/Visit-the-Rodeo/Pre-Rodeo-Events/Trail-Rides#12091700-trail-ride-facts.
Photo: Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle welcomes Sam Houston Trail Riders to Tomball Depot.