24th Annual Midwinter Rodeo, Tucson, Ariz. ...1949. La Fiesta de los Vaqueros [with related ephemera].
Souvenir program and related ephemera from the 24th Annual Midwinter Rodeo held in Tucson, Arizona. The rodeo or “La Fiesta de los Vaqueros” was sponsored by the Tucson Chamber of Commerce and held over four days in February 1949.
Described are the events of the rodeo, their cash prizes or “purses” and entry fees, and the rules and qualifications of these individual and team competitions. Events included “Bareback Bronc Riding,” “Calf Roping,” “Team Tying,” and “Brahma Bull Riding” plus bucking and bulldogging contests.
True to its sponsorship by the Tucson Chamber of Commerce, the publication contains text and numerous illustrations and maps touting Tucson’s local attractions and its ideal location and climate for cattle ranching.
Laid in ephemera includes a 16-event program with lists of competitors for the rodeo’s final day, February 22. That day was also “USS Tucson Day,” honoring the crew and officers of the Oakland-class light cruiser named for the city and commissioned during the Second World War. Also laid in is a small handbill for the quarter horse racing season, held at the rodeo grounds, beginning the following Sunday.
Description: 24th Annual Midwinter Rodeo, Tucson, Ariz. ...1949. La Fiesta de los Vaqueros [with related ephemera].
[Likely Tucson, Arizona, 1949]. pp. Program. Approx. 9 x 6 inches. Pictorial color wrappers; stapled. Half tone illustrations; maps. Light wear to extremities; very good. [Sold with:] Four-page bifolium program entitled 24th Annual Tucson Rodeo, La Fiesta de los Vaqueros for Tuesday, Feb. 22, 1949 and a small broadside or handbill, Announcing…The Opening of Quarter Horse Racing, both with some creasing, laid into program.