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La Fiesta de los Vaqueros

Sun shines on 87th Tucson Rodeo

  • Wade Sundell scored 84 points on No Date Kate
    Will Seberger/TucsonSentinel.comWade Sundell scored 84 points on No Date Kate
  • Tilden Hooper scored 87 points on Satin Sheets.
    Will Seberger/TucsonSentinel.comTilden Hooper scored 87 points on Satin Sheets.
  • Tommy Cook  took down his steer in 9.7 seconds.
    Will Seberger/TucsonSentinel.comTommy Cook took down his steer in 9.7 seconds.
  • Chandler Bownds took an 86-point ride on an unnamed bull.
    Will Seberger/TucsonSentinel.comChandler Bownds took an 86-point ride on an unnamed bull.
  • Murray Pole finished tie-down roping in 12.5 seconds.
    Will Seberger/TucsonSentinel.comMurray Pole finished tie-down roping in 12.5 seconds.

La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, better known as the Tucson Rodeo, kicked off its 87th year Saturday under sunny skies, with about 5,600 people watching from the stands.

Chandler Bownds of Lubbock, Tex., stole the show scoring 86 points on a nameless young bull known only by his stock number, 781.

Bennie Beutler, the rodeo's stockman, said of the unnamned bull, "That bull's a young bull. He's an up-and-comer, but everyone's going to know him soon."

Header Doyle Hoskins and heeler Mark Scobie took top honors in team roping with a time of 12.6 seconds.

Tie-down roper Murray Pole, of Erskine, Alberta, won the day with a time of 12.5 seconds.

Bareback superstar Tilden Hooper, of Carthage, Tex., led the field with an impressive 87 points on a horse named Satin Sheets.

Tommy Cook from McAlester, Okla. won Saturday's round of steer wrestling with a time of 9.7 seconds.

Saddle bronc rider Wade Sundell scored 84 points for the lead on No Date Kate.

Barrel racer Kassidy Dennison of Tohatchi, N.M., was the top finisher at 17.58 seconds.

The rodeo continues Sunday at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds at the northeast corner of South 6th Avenue and East Irvington Road.

La Fiesta de los Vaqueros

Sunday, second performance

Cowboys for the Cure: Cowboys and fans wear pink to raise awareness for breast cancer programs.

  • 11 a.m. – gates open
  • 12:30 p.m. Dodge Mutton Bustin' and Justin Junior Rodeo
  • 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition
  • 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Coors Barn Dance ($5 online or at the door)
  • Tickets: $12 general admission (sections C, E, F, G); reserved seats, section A, $20; reserved seats, section B, $22.

Monday and Tuesday

  • 8 a.m. Timed events competition (slack)
  • Barrel Racing, Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down and Team Roping only.
  • 9:30 a.m. – Noon REACh program  for school children
  • Admission: $5 general admission, children 12 and under free. Available at the gate only. Free parking.

Wednesday

  • 10 a.m. to noon: Barrel Racing slack.
  • 4 p.m. Parade float decorating in the northwest area of Tucson Rodeo Grounds parking lot

Thursday, third performance

  • 9 a.m. Tucson Rodeo Parade, Over 200 non-motorized floats are on display along the one and one-half mile parade route beginning at Park Avenue and Ajo Way, proceeding south on Park to Irvington Road. Tickets for Grandstand seating at Irvington and South Sixth Avenue, $7 adults, $4 kids under 13. Call 294-1280 for grandstand tickets.
  • 11 a.m. – gates open
  • 12:30 p.m. Dodge Mutton Bustin' and Justin Junior Rodeo
  • 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition
  • 4:30 - 8 p.m. Coors Barn Dance ($5 online or at the door)
  • Tickets: $17-$23

Friday, Feb. 24, fourth performance

  • 11 a.m. – gates open
  • 12:30 p.m. Dodge Mutton Bustin' and Justin Junior Rodeo
  • 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition
  • 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Coors Barn Dance ($5 online or at the door)
  • Tickets: $17-$23 

Saturday, Feb. 25, fifth performance

  • 11 a.m. – gates open
  • 12:30 p.m. Dodge Mutton Bustin' and Justin Junior Rodeo
  • 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition
  • 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Coors Barn Dance ($5 online or at the door)
  • Tickets:  $18-$24

Sunday, Feb. 26, final performance

  • 11 a.m. – gates open
  • 12:30 p.m. Dodge Mutton Bustin' and Justin Junior Rodeo
  • 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition
  • 4:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Coors Barn Dance ($5 online or at the door)
  • Tickets: $20-$26

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