Jaripeo draws 500 to Fair Park
The first-ever jaripeo, Mexicanstyle rodeo, was held Saturday at Fair Park Arena and horse- and bull-riding events, plus musical entertainment, drew over 500 people.
"It's a good time for the hard workers to come and blow off some steam," said Rudy Ayala, who works on the Sandow 5 construction project for a contractor.
Though many locals turned up out of curiosity, many in the crowd were recent immigrants from Mexico who wanted a taste of their native land's rodeo and music.
The rodeo arena was fenced off to about one third its size and banda music from Esteban Acosta was played in between riders.
Orga nizer Ma r io Ca rdona enlisted help from Rockdale Roping & Cutting Club and seemed pleased with the turnout.
"There are lots of seats and a good fence—it's a nice rodeo arena," Cardona said. "It was a good turnout and we'd like to do more."