La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo is celebrating 97 years of rodeo as it returns to the Tucson Rodeo Grounds February 19-27, 2022. The Tucson Rodeo, a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) top 25 rodeo, is Bustin’ Loose after a one-year pandemic hiatus.
“The Tucson Rodeo Committee looks forward to getting back to rodeo action this February and continuing the tradition of this uniquely Tucson event,” said Mark Baird, Chairman of the Board, Tucson Rodeo Committee.
Event tickets range from $18 - $35. The Tucson Rodeo also offers two hospitality venues, Vaquero Club and Gold Buckle. The Vaquero Club offers covered premium seating, televised rodeo action replays, hosted food and beverages, and parking. Tickets are $80 each. Perfect for corporate hospitality, Gold Buckle boxes are covered box seating within the grandstand section. Boxes include a catered meal and beverages, parking, rodeo program, daily event schedule and a rodeo souvenir.
This year the Tucson Rodeo is excited to announce a truly unique VIP experience. The VIP package includes a behind the scenes tour of the rodeo grounds, VIP credentials, parking, catered food and beverages, and balcony seating at the announcer’s stand.
The Tucson Rodeo features the best cowboys and cowgirls competing in seven different events spanning eight days for a portion of the $460,000 purse. Events include bareback riding, bull riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, and women’s barrel racing. Each performance opens with RAM Mutton Bustin’ (4 to 6-year-olds) and Justin Junior Rodeo (6 to 13-year-olds). Parents can register their children for these events at tucsonrodeo.com starting November 1, 2021, spaces are limited.
To purchase tickets and for more information, call (520) 741-2233 or visit TucsonRodeo.com.
TUCSON RODEO COMMITTEE
La Fiesta de los Vaqueros is staged by the nonprofit Tucson Rodeo Committee. Rodeo proceeds benefit numerous community groups. This annual event also contributes over $20 million to the local economy with 40% of attendees coming from outside the state of Arizona. Feed and care for over 1,000 horses and other livestock at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds also contribute to local businesses.
LA FIESTA DE LOS VAQUEROS HISTORY In February 1925, Leighton Kramer, president of the Arizona Polo Association, paraded area cowboys, visiting trick riders, folk dancers and marching bands through downtown Tucson en route to a polo field near the University of Arizona. There a long-planned, community-sponsored rodeo and Wild West show debuted to a full house.
The first La Fiesta de los Vaqueros featured four events—steer wrestling, steer tying, calf roping, and saddle bronc riding. The purse was $6,650. Special events included a wild horse race, lady bronc rider Tad Lucas, and Jack Brown who bulldogged (wrestled) a steer from a Packard automobile.
La Fiesta de los Vaqueros was devised to attract winter visitors to the many guest ranches and scenic haciendas that dotted the desert region. Celebrating the heritage and contributions of the cowboy and Mexican vaquero proved to be a theme as popular today and it was over nine decades ago.
The town of Tucson has grown into a metropolitan area with one million residents and the community continues to tout La Fiesta de los Vaqueros as a favorite tradition. The event attracts visitors from all over the world, schools close on Thursday and Friday of rodeo week and visitors come to experience the area’s Old West traditions, including this championship rodeo staged outdoors under desert skies.
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