Each rodeo day, kids take center stage in special events.
Dodge Mutton Bustin 12:30 p.m.
Boys and girls ages 4-6 gear up with protective vests and helmets and test their riding skills on sheep. The key to success is to hang on!
Entries are limited. Applications to enter Mutton Bustin are available at the Tucson Rodeo Committee office, 4823 S. 6th Ave. Call (520) 294-8896 for more information.
Justin Junior Rodeo 1 p.m.
Meet the next generation of rodeo champions! Boys and girls ages 5-12 compete in roping events, steer riding and barrel racing.
A Free Education Program for School Groups
Held at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds
Program information and schedule
Rodeo Education and Children (REACh) is a fun, educational program that celebrates the historic sport of rodeo and the spirit of the American West. This popular program has been offered to Tucson-area elementary schools since1995. There is no charge for the program.
REACh introduces K-6 grade students to all aspects of the exciting sport of rodeo while increasing their awareness of Western heritage and the working cowboy. The instructor uses student participation to demonstrate actual rodeo equipment and rodeo events. Important components of the REACh presentation are its positive and unique substance abuse and gang prevention messages. Students learn to cowboy up when faced with difficult choices.
Each program lasts approximately 45 minutes. Penny Conway, the founder of REACh, has presented the program to more than a million children in over 22 states during the past 15 years. She is an Arizona native, as well as a former teacher and rodeo contestant. All of her assistant instructors are also certified elementary educators.
REACh program schedule:
Monday, Feb. 21 and Tuesday, Feb. 22: 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. each day.
Students are welcome to bring sack lunches, snacks and beverages. Concession stands will also be open.
All programs are at Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. 6th Ave., on the southeast corner of S.6th Ave. and Irvington Road. Free parking for busses and cars.
Attendance is by reservation only
For reservations, contact the Tucson Rodeo office at 741-2233. Or, email your reservation to firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate a desired date and time slot, school name, grade, and how many students will be attending, including teachers and parent chaperones. Also include a contact phone number and/or email address.
NOTE: Before or after the program, teachers and students are invited to watch qualifying rounds in the rodeo arena. Events on Monday and Tuesday begin at 8 a.m. and include barrel racing, steer wrestling, tie-down and team roping. Seating is open.