Saturday, February 25, 2012

Fiesta de los Vaqueros in Photos

Posted By on Sat, Feb 25, 2012 at 7:41 AM

A bull rider takes a moment to himself seconds before he rides the bull into the arena at the Tucson Rodeo Friday Feb. 24, 2012. Photograph by Roxana Vasquez
  • ROXANA VASQUEZ
  • A bull rider takes a moment to himself seconds before he rides the bull into the arena at the Tucson Rodeo Friday Feb. 24, 2012.

La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rodeo rode into Tucson again this year for its 87th run. Thousands of attendees came from all over the country to participate, compete and to watch the annual tradition.

The Tucson Rodeo will celebrate the late Louise Serpa today, Saturday, at 2 p.m. and will wrap all events on Sunday night. More photos after the jump.

A young girl competes in the girls barrel racing at the Tucson Rodeo Friday Feb. 24, 2012. Photograph by Roxana Vasquez
  • ROXANA VASQUEZ
  • A young girl competes in the girls barrel racing at the Tucson Rodeo Friday Feb. 24, 2012.

George Gillespie, from Oregon, prepares for the first main event, the bareback riding competition at the Tucson Rode Friday Feb. 24, 2012.  Photograph by Roxana Vasquez
  • ROXANA VASQUEZ
  • George Gillespie, from Oregon, prepares for the first main event, the bareback riding competition at the Tucson Rode Friday Feb. 24, 2012.

Cowboys mill around the rodeo grounds as they prepare for their turn. Photograph by Roxana Vasquez
  • ROXANA VASQUEZ
  • Cowboys mill around the rodeo grounds as they prepare for their turn.

George Gillespie, from Oregon, tapes up his wrists before competing in the bareback riding event at the Tucson Rodeo Friday. Photograph by Roxana Vasquez
  • ROXANA VASQUEZ
  • George Gillespie, from Oregon, tapes up his wrists before competing in the bareback riding event at the Tucson Rodeo Friday.

J.J. Alley, from South Dakota, waits his turn in front of the chutes to compete in the bareback riding event at the Tucson Rodeo Friday. Photograph by Roxana Vasquez
  • ROXANA VASQUEZ
  • J.J. Alley, from South Dakota, waits his turn in front of the chutes to compete in the bareback riding event at the Tucson Rodeo Friday.

Matt Lait, right, chats with Logan Hodson, left, before he competes in the bareback riding event at the Tucson Rodeo Friday. Photograph by Roxana Vasquez
  • ROXANA VASQUEZ
  • Matt Lait, right, chats with Logan Hodson, left, before he competes in the bareback riding event at the Tucson Rodeo Friday.

Josh Reynolds, from Montana, holds on tight while riding High Trails, the horse, during the saddle bronc competition at the Tucson Rodeo. Photograph by Roxana Vasquez
  • ROXANA VASQUEZ
  • Josh Reynolds, from Montana, holds on tight while riding High Trails, the horse, during the saddle bronc competition at the Tucson Rodeo.

Cameron Elston, from California, competes in the tie-down roping event at the Tucson Rodeo. Photograph by Roxana Vasquez
  • ROXANA VASQUEZ
  • Cameron Elston, from California, competes in the tie-down roping event at the Tucson Rodeo.

A cowboy tries to hang on as the clock winds during bull-riding.. Photograph by Roxana Vasquez.
  • ROXANA VASQUEZ
  • A cowboy tries to hang on as the clock winds during bull-riding.

After a quick struggle, the cowboy finds himself on his back on the ground. Photograph by Roxana Vasquez
  • ROXANA VASQUEZ
  • After a quick struggle, the cowboy finds himself on his back on the ground.

Tag Elliott, from Utah, fights to stay on Jester, the bull during the bull riding event at the Tucson Rodeo.  Photograph by Roxana Vasquez
  • ROXANA VASQUEZ
  • Tag Elliott, from Utah, fights to stay on Jester, the bull during the bull riding event at the Tucson Rodeo.

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