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Cowboys and weather, what effect rain could have on Tucson Rodeo

Posted at 10:34 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-11 14:50:59-05

TUCSON, Ariz. — "There's really nothing in Tucson that's been around as long as the rodeo has," Gary Williams, General Manager of the Tucson Rodeo, said.

This year will mark Tucson's 95th rodeo.

"This rodeo was started actually to bring tourists to Tucson and to extend the winter visitors season, that's why it was placed at the end of February."

Some things you might see riding into the rodeo: clouds, rain even snow.

Snow blanketed parts of the rodeo in 2019.

"It happens when mother nature decides she's going to make it happen," Williams said.

Williams said the rodeo of 1998 was one of the wettest.

"We had six inches of rain during that four day period."

Williams said it was a muddy event, but the show still went on.

"We got through it. How many performances have been cancelled at the the Tucson rodeo in 95 years? Zero!"

He's encouraging folks who come see the rodeo, rain or shine, to saddle up and experience the cowboy life themselves.

"To me they're as much a cowboy as anybody that competed that day out in the arena."