Monday, January 31, 2011

Tucson Rodeo Update

Tucson Rodeo - February 19-27, 2011

Jan 29, 2011 - Eblast - Rodeo

Ride ‘em cowboys and cowgirls

At Tucson Rodeo Grounds, February 19-27, Tucson's Celebration of the Cowboys (La Fiesta de los Vaqueros) includes the Tucson Rodeo and the Tucson Rodeo Parade - a revival of Southern Arizona's Old West heritage. Catch seven rodeo performances, two children's contests, a horse-drawn parade, and cowboy dances daily. Watch contestants fight for eight seconds on a spinning bull, team-ropers streak from the chute, and barrel racers charge at break-neck speed toward the time line. Or marvel as young buckaroos test their skills at Dodge Mutton Bustin' and Justin Junior Rodeo events.
Rodeo action begins at 12:30 p.m. daily. Tickets are $16-$26. Reserved seats are available in advance on the Tucson Rodeo website or by calling (800) 964-5662.

The dust settles some at the Coors Rodeo Dance, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. daily, when boot-scooters and line-dancers can either strut their stuff, or kick back and enjoy country music provided by The Greg Spivey Band and The Jack Bishop Band. Admission is $5.

The Tucson Rodeo Parade gets rolling at 9 a.m. on February 25, streaming more than 150 Western-theme floats and buggies, horse-drawn coaches, outfitted riders, Mexican folk dancers and musicians, and marching bands along a three-mile route. Grandstand seating is $7/adults and $5/children.
After the parade, round-up the family and tour the Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum, which displays more than 100 buggies and wagons, and a collection of Old West artifacts as well as a replica of a territorial Tucson streetscape. Admission prices are adults/$10, seniors/$7, children/$2.

Some visitors wear shorts and soak up Tucson's warm February days. But for those hankering to go cowboy, there are hats - priced from $5 to $500 - and boots and bolo ties, and even saddles, and more available from vendors at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds.