The Hideout: This makeshift saloon, inside a tent on the east side of the Astrodome, presents some of the region's best country-music acts, including the Scooter Brown Band, Junior Gordon and Gary P. Nunn. The Hideout is open to ages 21 and older 6 p.m.-midnight daily during the rodeo's run. The performances start at 10:15 p.m. on weekdays and 8:30 p.m. on the weekends.
Mutton Bustin': In one of the rodeo's most thrilling sports, children ages 5 and 6 are challenged to ride a sheep for eight seconds with only the animal's fur to grip. Competitions are held on the hour 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. Participation costs $15 per ride and is on a first-come, first-served basis.