Tohono O'odham Nation
The Tohono O’odham Nation Rodeo & Fair, Southern Arizona’s longest running all-Indian rodeo, returns for its 82 year on January 30, 2020 and runs through February 2, 2020. The event highlights top talent in the famed all-Indian rodeo competitions while sharing rich traditions through the musical and dance performances. This year will also celebrate the 30 year of the Women’s Toka Tournament.
The Rodeo & Fair takes place at the Eugene P. Tashquinth Sr. Livestock Complex, which is located in Sells on Highway 86, 60 miles west of Tucson. Admission is free on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Saturday admission is $8.00 at the gate for adults and $5.00 for youth ages 6-17. Admission is free for veterans/military, seniors ages 55 and up, and children 5 and under. Discounted advanced tickets are available from the Nation’s Treasury Office in Sells until January 24, 2020.
Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris Jr. said, “Our annual rodeo and fair has become the hallmark event for the Tohono O’odham Nation that truly showcases the love we have for our communities, our families, and our history. The Tohono O’odham Nation Rodeo & Fair — all 82 years of it — is a testament to those who have come before us, ensuring our traditions continue today.”
The parade, which takes place along Sells Main Street on Saturday, February 1, has the theme of “Honoring the People Who Inspire Us.” Other activities include a fun run, a pow wow competition, a Waila contest, basketball tournaments, traditional dances and games, as well as plenty of booths, arts and crafts, and food.
The Tohono O’odham Nation Rodeo & Fair is presented by the title sponsor, Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment; Hunt Penta Construction and CPK Insurance, LLC are the co-presenting sponsors. For more information on the Rodeo & Fair, please visit www.tonation-nsn.gov/82nd-annual-rodeo-fair. Follow the Rodeo & Fair on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TONrodeofair.