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La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Features New Schedule and New Event WE S FU TER N N

La Fiesta de los Vaqueros has grown to a nine-day event centered on the Tucson Rodeo, one of the top 20 professional rodeo events in North America. The event is Feb. 21-29 at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. 6th Ave. New this year is the premiere of the Tucson Bull Riding and Honky Tank Tailgate Party, starring Rhett Akins, David Kersh, Daryle Singletary and Chad Brock, on Saturday, Feb. 21. Tickets for the bull riding and concert are $25 general admission. Also new this year, the first performance of the Tucson Rodeo moves from its original Wednesday start date to the Sunday prior. This performance replaces the Women’s Championship Rodeo, which was held from 1999-2003. The new date of Sunday, Feb. 22 offers fans an additional weekend day to attend this annual tradition. Team roping fans will see the best of the best compete in the Mike Cervi Jr. Memorial Team Roping on Monday, Feb. 23 at noon. Admission is $8 at the gate. Slack for timed events is Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 24 and 25 at 8 am. Admission is $2. For both these events, children and school groups are free. The second performance of the Tucson

Rodeo is Thursday, Feb. 26 at 2 pm, with Mutton Bustin’ and Junior Rodeo preceding the rodeo at 1 pm. The same schedule continues each day through Sunday, Feb. 29. The final performance is part of the PRCA ProRodeo Tour and features the top 12 athletes in each event. Reserved seating for rodeo performances is $10-$19. The Tucson Rodeo Parade is Thursday, Feb. 26 at 9 am. Billed as the world’s longest non-motorized parade, this two-hour spectacle features western-themed floats and buggies, historic horse-drawn coaches, festive Mexican folk dancers, marching bands and outfitted riders. The parade route begins at Park Ave. and Ajo Way, continues south on Park to Irvington Road, then heads west on Irvington Road to S. 6th Avenue, ending at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds. Tickets for grandstand seating at the parade are $4 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. The Tucson Rodeo Committee and Tucson Rodeo Parade Committee, both volunteer-based, nonprofit community groups, stage La Fiesta de los Vaqueros. For rodeo and parade tickets and information, call 520-741-2233 or 800-9645662. Visit for detailed information.


Tucson Attractions ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center 1421 W. Pima Mine Rd. (I-19, exit 80) Onehour tours of active copper mine, awardwinning exhibit center, gift shop, picnic area. Tu-Sa, 9a-5p. 520-625-7513

Pima Air & Space Museum 6000 E. Valencia Rd. More than 250 aircraft representing America’s history. Daily 9-5, no admittance after 4p. Also, tours of Davis Monthan’s AMARC facility. 520-574-0462

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum 2021 N. Kinney Rd. Situated in the midst of the Sonoran Desert: living exhibits include more than 1,300 types of plants, 300 kinds of animals. Open daily, year-round. 520883-2702

Reid Park Zoo 1100 S. Randolph Way. More than 500 animals from different continents in naturalistic settings. 520-791-3204

Biosphere 2 20 minutes north of Tucson on Hwy. 77 at mile marker 96.5. World’s largest, glassenclosed mini-world “Exploring Earth’s Future.” Guided tours, snacks, shops. 520838-6200 Colossal Cave Mountain Park 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail. 2,000-acre park, Colossal Cave and historic La Posta Quemada Ranch. Cave tours, museum, trail rides, picnicking. Open daily. 520-647-7275 De Grazia Gallery in the Sun 6300 N. Swan Rd. Most complete collection of De Grazia art in existence, gallery designed by De Grazia as was the nearby chapel. Gift shop. Free. 800-545-2185 Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium University of Arizona Planetarium, handson science exhibits, mineral museum and public observatory. 520-621-7827 Kitt Peak National Observatory 56 miles SW of Tucson via State Route 86, turn left at Junction 386. The world’s largest collection of optical telescopes. Visitor Center exhibits. gift shop, tours daily, also Nightly Observing Program (reservations req’d.) 520-318-8726 Mission San Xavier del Bac 1950 W. San Xavier Rd. One of the finest examples of mission architecture in U.S. Gift shop. Services held. Nearby are fry bread vendors and more arts & crafts shops. 520-294-2624 Old Tucson Studios 201 S. Kinney Road - famous movie location and western theme park featuring live musicals, thrilling western stunt shows, rides, gift shop and great restaurants! 520883-0100



“The Mousetrap” A superb intrigue by the foremost mystery writer!

By Agatha Christie SHOW RUNS FEB 12 - MARCH 21

Call 520-327-4242 for Reservations!

Saguaro National Park East 3693 South Old Spanish Trail. See the majestic saguaro, which grows only in the Sonoran Desert. Terrain differs from sister park to the west, with rolling hills, trees and desert shrubs. Trails, picnic areas, Visitor Center. 8-mile loop drive gives overview of park. 520-733-5153 Saguaro National Park West 2700 North Kinney Rd. Home to the most recognizable cactus in the world, the saguaro, which grows only in the Sonoran Desert. Hiking trails, VisitorCenter. 520733-5158 Titan Missile Museum 1580 W. Duval Mine Rd., Exit 69 off I-19 Descend into Titan II ICBM Site 571-7, the only publicly accessible missile complex in the world. Hours: Nov-Apr daily 9-5, last admittance at 4p. 520-625-7736 Tohono Chul Park 7366 N. Paseo del Norte. Nature trail through desert gardens; breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea in the Tea Room; greenhouse and museum shops. 520-742-6455 Tucson Botanical Gardens 2150 N. Alvernon Way. 15 specialty gardens in this urban oasis. Gift shop and tours. 520326-9686 Tucson Children’s Museum 200 S. 6th Ave. Ten exciting galleries of hands-on exhibits and challenging activities. 520-792-9985 Tucson Museum of Art & Historic Block 140 N. Main Ave. Permanent collection and changing exhibitions. Historic Block features five restored homes of Historic El Presidio District. (Closed Mon. Jun-Aug) 520-624-2333 For more attractions visit



SCENIC SABINO CANYON Mix with giant saguaro cacti and ride through streams and mesquite tree forests. Visit an ancient Indian Village site.


Tickets only $12-$14!

5317 E. Speedway, Tucson, Az 85712

TUCSON • 520-749-0167

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