Rodeo Roundup

One of the unique aspects of the Black Hills Roundup is the generations of family members who've competed in the rodeo and served on its committees. Fay Kennedy, Belle Fourche, South Dakota, has been involved with the event for more than 60 years and has researched and reported its history for all to enjoy.

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Rodeo Showman

Producing rodeos in California has put stock contractor Cotton Rosser up against some stiff competition when it comes to the general public's coveted entertainment dollars. And that's why he believes rodeos should be more than just a sporting event - they should be entertaining as well.

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La Fiesta de los Vaqueros

When its 80th annual edition takes place Feb. 19-27 in Tucson, Ariz., La Fiesta de los Vaqueros will attract cowboys, year-round residents and "snowbirds” alike to an event that's been a desert entertainment staple since 1925. The Tucson Rodeo's a unique and enticing winter spectacle for a number of reasons – not the least of which is a climate where average February temperatures are in the mid-50s, but can climb into the 80s.

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Heroes

Growing up in a saddle-bronc-riding family and being in love with the event since I was about 10 weeks old, it's no surprise that most of my heroes were bronc riders. Among them were my father, Tom Tescher, my uncle Jim Tescher, Alvin Nelson and Kansas-raised Bobby Berger.

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Rodeo Star, Ranching Roots

Bullet was Luke's high-school-rodeo steer wrestling horse. "He had a thyroid problem so he'd get really fat," laughed Luke. "I would have to rush home from school everyday and ride him up and down the sandy hills to keep him in shape."

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