February 16th, 2013 – La Fiesta de los Vaqueros – Tucson, AZ

La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, the party of the Cowboys, started in Tucson in 1925.  The headline in the local paper read, “Cowboys are asked not to shoot up the town”.  Luckily we do not have to worry about that any more.  Also called the Tucson Rodeo, it is one of the top 25 professional rodeo events in North America, with prize monies exceeding $500,000.  It lasts for nine days, and is so much a part of the community that the area schools close for two days.   We went to the opening day with our cowboy friends, Steve and Cathy (last picture).  Below you can see 12 of the almost 600 pictures that Don took.  The events shown are bull riding, women’s barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, bare back riding, steer wrestling, and team roping.  Leslie spent most of her time rooting for the calves in the roping events, and most of the time they escaped, so she was happy.  It was hard for Steve and Don to hear during the bull riding, because of Leslie’s and Cathy’s screaming when the bulls chased the rodeo clowns.

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