We did our annual (well almost annual as we were in Mexico last year) trip to the La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson Rodeo) with our neighbors. It was a beautiful day (sunny and 82 degrees) and we had a great time. The rodeo has quite the history here (this was the 91st). It lasts 9 days and the kids get two days off of school so they can attend the parade and rodeo. Over 600 contestants and 1000 horses participate in the rodeo.
This year we delayed the shopping at the booths and got to see the junior rodeo. The kids were anywhere from 6 – 11. They were so cute and amazingly good. After watching the bucking broncos, we decided that these cowboys were going to have serious neck issues when they were older. The bull riding is always fun to watch, although most rides were less than 3 seconds (they are supposed to be 8).
This rodeo is attended by nationally and internationally ranked cowboys and cowgirls so there is some good competition. The rodeo clown is nationally ranked as well and is quite entertaining. He actually got in the barrel in the 5th picture during the bull riding and the bulls went after it and knocked him down several times. One even rolled it about 25 feet.
We ended the day with a dinner at Mi Nidito, a fantastic Mexican restaurant that is the first stop for many political candidates when they stop in Tucson. Bill Clinton was there in 1999 and has a menu item named after him. There is always a long wait, and after waiting for an hour, we actually were seated at the table where he sat. We were not sure that we felt presidential, but we were glad to get some food.