Tucson Rodeo celebrating 93 years

By SoAzNewsX

It’s rodeo time in Tucson! The Fiesta de las Vaqueros celebration gets underway on Sat. Feb. 17 at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds on South 6th Avenue with more than 450 amateur riders and professionals from around the U.S. and Canada.

“The entry list for Tucson could be the ‘Who’s Who’ of pro rodeo,” says Gary Williams, general manager of the Tucson Rodeo. “In addition to the caliber of competition and the prize money, cowboys look forward to Tucson because the fans are great and the sky is blue. This is the first major outdoor rodeo of the year, so they’re ready for sunshine, fresh air and 11,000 fans each day cheering them on.”

Events get underway on Saturday:

SATURDAY, FEB. 17

TUCSON RODEO OPENING DAY

11 a.m. – gates open

NOON – Coors Barn opens – enjoy live feed of the Tucson Rodeo*
12:30 p.m. RAM Mutton Bustin’ and Justin Junior Rodeo
2 – 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition
4 – 8 p.m. Coors Barn Dance – $5 online or at the door; patrons under 21 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian; kids under 13 free.

*Access with purchase of a rodeo ticket plus $5 per person; includes admission to after-rodeo Coors Barn Dance.

SUNDAY, FEB. 18

TUCSON RODEO – SECOND PERFORMANCE

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8 a.m. Chicks n Chaps Women’s Rodeo Clinic

11 a.m. – gates open

NOON – Coors Barn opens – enjoy live feed of the Tucson Rodeo*
12:30 p.m. RAM Mutton Bustin’ and Justin Junior Rodeo
2 – 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition
4 – 8 p.m. Coors Barn Dance – $5 online or at the door; patrons under 21 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian; kids under 13 free.

*Access with purchase of a rodeo ticket plus $5 per person; includes admission to after-rodeo Coors Barn Dance.

MONDAY AND TUESDAY, FEB. 19 AND 20

TIMED EVENTS COMPETITION (SLACK), 8 A.M.  –  Admission $5 at the gate

Barrel Racing, Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down and Team Roping only. Admission: $5 general admission, children 12 and under free. Available at the gate only. Free parking.

REACh program  for school children – 9:30, 10:30, 11:30 a.m. each day

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 21

No rodeo activity.

Then, on Thursday, Feb. 22, the Tucson Rodeo Parade steps off at 9am with more than 200 non-motorized floats are on display along the one and one-half mile parade route beginning at Park Ave. and Ajo Way, proceeding south on Park to Irvington Rd. Tickets for Grandstand seating at Irvington and South 6th Ave, $10 adults, $5 kids under 13. Call (520) 294-1280 for grandstand  tickets.

Following the parade, rodeo activities continue:

TUCSON RODEO, THIRD PERFORMANCE

11 a.m. – gates open

NOON – Coors Barn opens – enjoy live feed of the Tucson Rodeo*

12:30 p.m. RAM Mutton Bustin’ and Justin Junior Rodeo
2 – 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition
4 – 8 p.m. Coors Barn Dance – $5 online or at the door; patrons under 21 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian; kids under 13 free.

*Access with purchase of a rodeo ticket plus $5 per person; includes admission to after-rodeo Coors Barn Dance.

FRIDAY, FEB. 23

TUCSON RODEO, FOURTH PERFORMANCE

11 a.m. – gates open

NOON – Coors Barn opens – enjoy live feed of the Tucson Rodeo*

12:30 p.m. RAM Mutton Bustin’ and Justin Junior Rodeo
2 – 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition
4 – 8 p.m. Coors Barn Dance – $5 online or at the door; patrons under 21 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian; kids under 13 free.

*Access with purchase of a rodeo ticket plus $5 per person; includes admission to after-rodeo Coors Barn Dance.

 

SATURDAY, FEB. 24

TUCSON RODEO, FIFTH PERFORMANCE

11 a.m. – gates open

NOON – Coors Barn opens – enjoy live feed of the Tucson Rodeo*

12:30 p.m. RAM Mutton Bustin’ and Justin Junior Rodeo
2 – 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition
4 – 8 p.m. Coors Barn Dance – $5 online or at the door; patrons under 21 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian; kids under 13 free.

*Access with purchase of a rodeo ticket plus $5 per person; includes admission to after-rodeo Coors Barn Dance.

SUNDAY, FEB. 25

TUCSON RODEO FINALS 

11 a.m. – gates open

NOON – Coors Barn opens – enjoy live feed of the Tucson Rodeo*

12:30 p.m. RAM Mutton Bustin’ and Justin Junior Rodeo
2 – 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition
4 – 8 p.m. Coors Barn Dance – $5 online or at the door; patrons under 21 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian; kids under 13 free.

*Access with purchase of a rodeo ticket plus $5 per person; includes admission to after-rodeo Coors Barn Dance.

More information available here.

 

 

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