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The Santa Cruz County Fair & Rodeo Association presents the 99th live Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing weekend at Sonoita Fairgrounds with simulcast wagering from Turf Paradise and the Kentucky Derby. Food vendors and merchandise on the grounds. Enjoy the afternoon on Saturday with a Derby Hat Contest and traditional Mint Juleps. Come back Sunday for the Cinco de Mayo celebration and signature margaritas.
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First came the field trip. On an outing organized by the Marana School District, my six-year-old daughter and her fellow first graders were all taken to the Tucson Rodeo, where the main event during the two hours they spent there was Calf “Tie-down Roping”.
The 89th annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros ran from Feb. 15 to Feb. 23 at the Tucson Rodeo Fair Grounds.
A member of the Pinnacle Peak group entertains rodeo parade fans during the Tucson Rodeo Parade last Thursday.
The wagon for Dan Marries, the parade’s Grand Marshall, is lined into position before the start of the parade.
The Marana High School marching band performs during the Tucson Rodeo Parade.
Spectators line the streets of the Tucson Rodeo Parade route.
Ropers big and small show off their lasso tricks while walking in the parade.
Congressman Ron Barber waves to the people lining the streets for the parade.
Ropers with the Tucson Boys Chorus perform tricks during the parade.
Marana FFA members wave to the crowds lining Park Ave.
Numerous local high schools’ marching bands performed in the Tucson Rodeo Parade.
Members of the University of Arizona Marching Band help lead the Tucson Rodeo Parade.
Parker Breding from Edgar, Montana comes out of the shoot on Cool Whip last Thursday during La Fiesta de los Vaqueros. The Tucson Rodeo celebration ran Feb. 15-23.
Savannah Gutierrez of Marana competes in the junior rodeo goat-tying event Thursday at the Tucson Rodeo.
Marana’s Sherry Cervi was the first one out on the grounds during the women’s barrel racing event last Thursday at the Tucson Rodeo and took first with a time of 34.94 on two rides.
Kick up your heels with true country music, featuring Country Thunder's own Harry Luge, and dancing in real rodeo fashion at the historic El Casino Ballroom. Food by Ole Rico Mexican Steakhouse.