by Jane St. Clair
The 86th Annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros THE TUCSON RODEO! — this week in Tucson.
Rodeo comes but once a year in Tucson, but it’s the biggest time of the year. Schools and businesses close, so everybody can cowboy up and go down to the arena.
The rodeo is decorated with cows, adding to the excitement.
Before the events start, you can buy a cowboy hat and a beer, or just some honky tonky tourist souvenirs at the booths below the stands.
It costs plenty to get in so the cowboys can have a chance at a big purse. A real rodeo cowboy can make upwards of $20,000 here in just one event, but some events are so dangerous that they earn every penny and then some.
Tucson Rodeo has got clowns who pretend to fight bulls and lots of stunt riders …
and back the fastest.
But the most famous event is the buckin’ bronco. Ride em cowboy!
This event is timed in terms of seconds, as are most Tucson Rodeo events.
The most dangerous event is bull riding because the bull can come back at you if you fall off.
Here a cowboy went down, and his foot got caught in the stirrup
and he got hurt badly enough
But he got a big round of applause for getting up and walking home.
And win him some money too.
Everybody’s got some cowboy in them — which is why rodeo will last forever!
Happy Trails to you, and y’all come back next year!