Joe Parsons has been around rodeo for 47 years. so he doesn’t need the events explained.
But the patriarch the first family of Marana rodeo knows that some Fiesta de los Vaqueros fans do.
“I think you got a rodeo fan that has been a rodeo fan forever,” said Parsons, 55, who will do tie-down and team roping at the Tucson Rodeo. “If they’re ranch-raised, they’re going to go toward timed events or saddle bronc riding.
“The NASCAR crowd, they’re going to be more bull riding and bareback riding, maybe steer wrestling and barrel racing, because it has a little more danger.”
Parsons has two brothers and two children competing in the rodeo, which starts today. His 25-year-old daughter, Erin, will be barrel racing with her horse, Rizzo, who her sister named after the “Grease” character.
“It’s a very prestigious rodeo,” she said. “It’s a big thing to be able to say that I’ve won Tucson.”
The majority of rodeo fans come to have fun with their families, general manager Gary Williams said, not necessarily to pick apart each performance.
But knowing the details of each event is still important.
Read more about the Parsons and Fiesta de los Vaqueros in Saturday's Arizona Daily Star.