Annual Fiesta de los Vaqueros
The 88th Annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros will be held February 16 – 24, 2013. The nine-day Celebration of the Cowboys centers on the Tucson Rodeo, one of the top 25 professional rodeos in North America.
Current and former Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) world champions will be featured. It’s virtually the ‘Who’s Who’ of pro rodeo!
So if sunshine, fresh air and 11,000 cheering fellow rodeo fans appeals to you, grab your chaps and your cowboy hats and head on out to Tucson. But first make your guest room reservations at Lodge on the Desert. Lodge is hands-down the most upscale of Southern Arizona’s accommodations closest to the rodeo grounds!
Oh, and for sure you won’t want to miss the two-hour Tucson Rodeo Parade that kicks off each year’s festivities. It is billed as the world’s longest non-motorized parade and features western-themed floats and buggies, historic horse-drawn coaches, festive Mexican folk dancers, marching bands and outfitted riders. It’s a big deal; an estimated 200,000 spectators view the parade each year!
The Tucson Rodeo hosts over 650 contestants from the United States and Canada competing for more than $320,000 in prize money. The Tucson Rodeo, the first major outdoor event on the PRCA schedule, gives visitors an opportunity to see real-life cowboys and cowgirls display their ability in the only sport in the world developed from work skills. C’mon, you know you wanna!
Rodeo events include bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, team roping and women’s barrel racing. Also featured each day are kids’ events – Dodge Mutton Bustin’, when four-to six-year-olds test their riding skills on sheep, and the Justin Junior Rodeo for young cowpokes ages 7-12.
But like we said, you can’t enjoy what the rodeo is all about, unless you first make your plans to visit the Old Pueblo. And the most convenient, not to mention best place to experience that is Lodge on the Desert.