Stories from the first Fiesta de los Vaqueros
Tales from the Morgue presents some glimpses from the first Fiesta de Los Vaqueros in 1925.
The very first Fiesta de los Vaqueros began Feb. 21, 1925, the brain child of Leighton Kramer and the Arizona Polo association.
Parade prizes for everything from the most typical cowboy to the fattest and skinniest horses and 25-cent taxi rides for those without cars were some of the incentives for the first rodeo parade.
Contestants and performers in the first Fiesta de los Vaqueros included many who were considered the best in the business. Among them were an Indian chief, a woman and a clown.
The rodeo parade heralding the first Fiesta de los Vaqueros, Feb. 21-23, 1925, was a hit, as was the first day of the rodeo itself, attended by approximately 5,000 people.
"It is not easy to move a stolid race like the British to lyric enthusiasm," but Tex Austin's rodeo exhibition in Wembley, England, did just that.