Tucson is hopping this week with two styles of competition. Wild West at one end, and sophisticated golfing on luxurious greens at the other. Northwest at Dove Mountain you'll find the golfers (yes, Tiger is here). And down south you'll find the cowpokes decked in their finest, all here for the 83rd annual Fiesta de los Vaqueros. It's a spectacle and a mesh of true grit, fun, culture and sport all rolled into a wonderful Tucson tradition.
Last summer we went to a small, local rodeo about 30 miles south of Tucson. The stands were alive with families and fans. Everyone was dressed in traditional western attire - jeans, hand-tooled boots, embroidered work shirts and of course great hats. There were bolla ties, belt buckles and turquoise everywhere. Neighbors cheered for local favorites. Everyone showed great respect for their animals - horses and cattle - beloved partners in these great shows. How colorful a tradition this is!
I'll post more later this week. For now (on a Sunday evening after a very full weekend), I just wanted to tip my hat as Tucson begins a week of fun and good sport. And I wanted to salute the traditions of the west that are celebrated by the rodeos this week. May the all-American pride shown this week never die. (photo taken at last summer's local rodeo in Sonoita).