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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
The celebration of the cowboy, or La Fiesta de los Vaqueros kicks
off on Saturday. It is the 89th year of the Tucson rodeo, and organizers
said they were off to a great start.
Ticket sales were 15 percent ahead of what they were at this time last
year, and the good weather is sure to mean great attendance.
Many of the performers were settling into their trailers and hotel
rooms for a good night of sleep before the big day. It's a long
journey. Many of them have been on the road for months, traveling from
rodeo to rodeo.
The Tucson Rodeo is a big one for performers. Not only does
it attract the world's leading cowboys and cowgirls from all over the world,
but it's also big in terms of money.
Rodeo staff said they would be handing out about $400,000 in prize
money this year. The rodeo life is not just a hobby for the performers
you will see in the arena. For most of them it's a career and a
"It's a really big deal to win this rodeo, it pays
$18,000. That's a pretty big pay day," said Justin Rumford, a rodeo
clown, who lived life on the road.
He added, "The cowboys you see are not just a bunch of dumb
hicks getting on animals. These are guys who are professional athletes, they
train year round."
Brent Sutton from South Dakota is a steer wrestler,
trying to make a name for himself in the rodeo world, and win some big money
while doing it.
"I spend most of my life on the road, most weekends of the
road," said Sutton.
He was looking forward to seeing his idols.
"There's guys you learn from and guys you want to be,"
Sherry Shira, a performer with the Quadrilles de Mujeres was
familiar with life on the road.
"It's trailers and hotel rooms and fast food, but you gotta
stop and take care of your horse too," said Shira.
The points earned in Tucson rodeo were important on the long road
to getting to the final championships in Las Vegas, at the end of the year.
"For the rest of the guys in the industry, when you're
wearing a Tucson belt buckle everyone knows where it came from and what it
is. It is definitely worth winning," said Sutton.
Rumford, the rodeo clown said even while he was clowning around in
the arena, this was serious business. He lived most of his life in a
44-foot trailer, decked out with a fancy kitchen with a fireplace, king size
bed, several TV's, and a big closet.
"I travel non-stop from January to November. It's a
great life, being a rodeo clown. People don't realize it but I make
$150,000 to $200,000 a year," said Rumford. He added that he had a
masters in business as well.
"Tucson is definitely one of my top five cities. We
call it the party in the desert. It's an amazing crowd and committee,"
Gates open at 11 AM on Saturday. For more information on the
Tucson Rodeo and a schedule of events log onto www.tucsonrodeo.com.