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Tucson Rodeo saddles up for Opening Day

Posted at 4:06 AM, Feb 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-19 20:10:13-05
Beginning on Saturday, the Tucson Rodeo rides again in southern Arizona. This annual event has been around since 1925, but has grown into a nine-day celebration that has become one of the top 25 professional rodeos in North America. That's why about 60,000 people attend each and every year. 
 
But, new this year - a new clear bag policy is in place, similar to the University of Arizona's athletic policy. They will allow in diaper bags and small clutch bags, but they will be subject to a security search. Other than that, other items must be clear. 
 
Here are a list of bags that will be accepted for entry:
 
- Bags that are clear plastic or vinyl and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12"
- One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc bag or similar)
- Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, after being searched
- Diaper bags (subject to search)
- Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection, including but not limited to tanks, diabetes kits, allergy pens, etc. 
 
To view the full policy, click here
 
General Manager Gary Williams told KGUN9, the goal is to make sure everyone coming into the rodeo feels safe and can focus on having a good time. 
 
"People understand that now, we live in a different world today then we did 10 or 15 or 20 year ago," Williams explained. "Public safety is now really primary in people's minds, should be anyway... It is in ours."
 
It is important to review those policies before you head out o the rodeo so it does not hold you up on getting in.
 
Now, as for tickets - they range in price depending on your seating in the arena. Tickets can be bought online, over the phone or in person at the rodeo grounds. Click here for more info on tickets. 
 
All of the events are held at the rodeo grounds located at 4823 S. 6th Avenue. Click here or see below for a detailed list of events each day. 
 
SATURDAY, FEB. 20: TUCSON RODEO OPENING DAY
 
Canon Photo Workshop - Reservations Required - Call 520-741-2233
 
11 a.m. - gates open
 
NOON - Coors Barn opens - enjoy lunch, beverages and live feed of the Tucson Rodeo*
 
12:30 p.m. RAM Mutton Bustin' and Justin Junior Rodeo 
 
2 - 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition - Events include Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Saddle Bronc Riding,
 
Tie-down Roping, Team Roping, Barrell Racing, Bull Riding
 
4 - 8 p.m. Coors Barn Dance ($5 online or at the door)
 
*$5 for the day; includes Barn Dance
 
SUNDAY, FEB. 21: TUCSON RODEO - SECOND PERFORMANCE
 
Pink Day - Cowboys & fans wear pink to support breast cancer initiatives. Chicks n Chapsbreast cancer research fundraising event returns. Sponsored by Arizona Oncology. Visit the Chicks n Chaps page now»
 
8 a.m. Chicks n Chaps Women's Rodeo Clinic
 
11 a.m. - gates open to the public
 
NOON - Coors Barn opens - enjoy lunch, beverages and live feed of the Tucson Rodeo*
 
12:30 p.m. RAM Mutton Bustin' and Justin Junior Rodeo
 
2 - 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition
 
4 - 8 p.m. Coors Barn Dance ($5 online or at the door)
 
*$5 for the day; includes Barn Dance
 
Note: Full rodeo performances resume on Thursday, Feb. 25.
 
MONDAY AND TUESDAY, FEB. 22 AND 23: TIMED EVENTS COMPETITION
(SLACK), 8 A.M.  -  Admission $5 at the gate
 
Barrel Racing, Steer Wrestling, Tie-Down and Team Roping only.
 
Admission: $5 general admission, children 12 and under free. Available at the gate only. Free parking.
 
Tuesday - Gold Card Roping . - following slack
 
REACH program  for school children - 9:30, 10:30, 11:30 a.m. each day  
 
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24: Barrel Racing slack, 8 - 9 a.m. - Admission $5 at gate
 
PARADE FLOAT DECORATING, 4 P.M. - Northwest area of Tucson Rodeo Grounds parking lot
 
THURSDAY, FEB. 25: TUCSON RODEO PARADE 9 A.M.
 
Over 200 non-motorized floats are on display along the one and one-half mile parade route beginning at Park Ave. and Ajo Way, proceeding south on Park to Irvington Rd. Tickets for Grandstand seating at Irvington and South 6th Ave, $10 adults, $5 kids under 13. Call (520) 294-1280 for grandstand tickets.
 
TUCSON RODEO, THIRD PERFORMANCE
 
11 a.m. - gates open
 
NOON - Coors Barn opens - enjoy lunch, beverages and live feed of the Tucson Rodeo*
 
12:30 p.m. RAM Mutton Bustin' and Justin Junior Rodeo
 
2 - 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition
 
4 - 8 p.m. Coors Barn Dance ($5 online or at the door)
 
*$5 for the day; includes Barn Dance
 
FRIDAY, FEB. 26
 
TUCSON RODEO, FOURTH PERFORMANCE
11 a.m. - gates open
 
NOON - Coors Barn opens - enjoy lunch, beverages and live feed of the Tucson Rodeo*
 
12:30 p.m. RAM Mutton Bustin' and Justin Junior Rodeo
 
2 - 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition
 
4 - 8 p.m. Coors Barn Dance ($5 online or at the door)
 
*$5 for the day; includes Barn Dance
 
SATURDAY, FEB. 27: TUCSON RODEO, FIFTH PERFORMANCE
 
11 a.m. - gates open
 
NOON - Coors Barn opens - enjoy lunch, beverages and live feed of the Tucson Rodeo*
 
12:30 p.m. RAM Mutton Bustin' and Justin Junior Rodeo
 
2 - 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition
 
4 - 8 p.m. Coors Barn Dance ($5 online or at the door)
 
*$5 for the day; includes Barn Dance
 
SUNDAY, FEB. 28: TUCSON RODEO FINALS 
 
11 a.m. - gates open
 
NOON - Coors Barn opens - enjoy lunch, beverages and live feed of the Tucson Rodeo*
 
12:30 p.m. RAM Mutton Bustin' and Justin Junior Rodeo
 
2 - 4:30 p.m. ProRodeo Competition
 
4 - 8 p.m. Coors Barn Dance ($5 online or at the door)
 
*$5 for the day; includes Barn Dance