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Tucson Rodeo & Parade A Major Event

December 30th, 2009 by tucsonbb

One of the best know events in Tucson, Arizona is La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, the Tucson rodeo which was first started in 1925 by a winter visitor who thought it would bring winter visitors to the area.  It has for these many years.
Team Steer Roping
Creative Commons License photo credit: kretyen

It is the preceded every year by the longest non-mechanized parade in the country with marching bands, individual riders decked out in their western gear and horse drawn western themed buggies and floats.  One of the owners of Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast dressed up as Annie Oakley and rode her horse in the 1954 parade when she was just fourteen.

The rodeo participants come from all over the country to compete in bronc and bull riding, barrel racing, roping, and more.  All the information you’ll need if you are visiting the Tucson area between February 20 through the 28th can be found on the Tucson Rodeo link above.

4th Avenue Street Fair

November 16th, 2009 by tucsonbb

One of our favorite events of the year in Tucson, Arizona is the Fourth Avenue Street Fair.  It’s great entertainment and offers a great opportunity to shop for Christmas.  Guests at Hacienda del Desierto can enjoy the fair and still have time to take in another area activity on the same day.  It is held in one of the older neighborhoods of Tucson, near downtown.

Free to the public, the Fourth Avenue Street Fair brings together 400+ arts and crafts booths, 35+ food vendors, 2 stages, street musicians, food, jugglers, street performers, the Free SPIKE kids hands-on-art Pavilion, face painting, balloons, and tons of other fun activities, then packs them into three days of celebration.

The Fourth Avenue Street Fair began in 1970 when Fourth Avenue merchants put tables in front of their stores to attract customers before the holidays. From that beginning it has developed into one of the premier street fairs in the nation, drawing crowds of 200,000 to 350,000 and ranking as one of the top visual arts fairs in the country.

Come for the shopping: 400+ artists booths featuring arts and crafts that cover the spectrum from fine art to country crafts. Glass, clay, wood, clothing, metal, jewelry, pre-packaged food, all hand made and offered for sale by their creators.

Come for the food: 35+ food vendors selling an eclectic mix of good things to eat. Greek, Mexican, Thai, BBQ, fry bread, funnel cakes, chicken, and more.

Come for the music: Two complete stages featuring only original music and local community performances. Three days of entertainment offering something for everyone!

Tucson Area Ranch Event

November 2nd, 2009 by tucsonbb

Two weeks ago for the first time, we attended the Roundup & Open House held Saturday, October 24th at historic Empire Ranch near Sonoita, about 45 minutes from Hacienda del Desierto Bed & Breakfast in Tucson, Arizona.  What great fun it was to watch highly trained sheep and cattle dogs efficiently round up their charges.  During another time at the arena, expert riders, who also are marksmen and women, shot at balloons while zigzagging around the arena with great speed.  Cowboys also demonstrated their skills at rounding up cattle.

In several historic rooms of the ranch house, individual storytellers, told of the life and experiences of children and adults who had lived at the ranch during the 1800’s into the 20th century.  We got a real feel for those early homesteaders and the lives they led.

There was also an area where 4-H’ers showed off the animals they were raising.  How proud they were!

Mariachis from Nogales High School performed with great expertise, and the crowd loved them.  Other Southern Arizona musicians played at various hours of the morning and afternoon for those dining outside during the event.  There was ample food for all at reasonable prices from a variety of food vendors.

The events were all free so entire families could enjoy a day’s entertainment.  There is so much to see and do in the surrounding Tucson area.  Guests at Hacienda del Desierto who choose to stay only one or two nights are really depriving themselves of some great experiences.