Tucson Rodeo: La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros 2013by Jim Gressinger on Feb. 17, 2013, under Day/Weekend Adventures, Fairs & Festivals, Old West, Southern Arizona Attractions, Southern Arizona History & Culture, Things To Do In Tucson, Things To Do With The Kidz
Yesterday, I witnessed my first La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros, AKA the Tucson Rodeo. This was the first day of a 12 day event that concludes next Sunday, February 24th. There was plenty of action, which you can see by the photographs I took from the grandstands. This event is very well organized. There was almost no delay between events, which include: bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, calf roping, team roping, steer wrestling, barrel racing, and bull riding.
The announcer obviously knows rodeo, from the contestants to the sometimes complex and seemingly archaic rules. The wranglers were great, as were the clowns, and the audience was definitely engaged. And the contestants? Awesome. These folks are rugged cowboys & cowgirls, and terrific role models for our school-age children. If you’re looking for something to do with the young ones, take them to the rodeo. Lots of food and drink here, and plenty of merchandise to purchase at dozens of booths surrounding the grandstands.
Parking was $5 and the cheapest admission is $12. Some 700 contestants will compete for serious prize money this year. Proceeds from the rodeo go to the University of Arizona Scholarship Fund and other worthy charities.
Here are a few photos I took. You can see more at SouthernArizonaGuide.com.
The Tucson Rodeo began way back in the 1920′s during that era of high morals known as Prohibition: if it was fun, it was prohibited. Don’t miss the Rodeo Parade Museum on the rodeo grounds. And don’t miss the Parade this coming Thursday. Gabby & Mark are Grand Marshalls.