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Behind the Tucson Rodeo

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  The grounds are empty. Empty stadium seats, open parking lots and steer pens with nothing around but silence in the air, except for one man overlooking the rodeo racetrack. This man is José Calderon. It’s his second year presiding over the Tucson Rodeo. Saturday marks its 93rd year. Calderon is the chairman of the board, dedicating his time year-round planning the event. Calderon says he spends more time and energy into the rodeo than he does his real job. His eyes beam with pride as he talks about his work with the rodeo. “You got to have a passion for it too. if your hearts in it…it’s like anything else. If you’re in a relationship it’s not going to work if your hearts not into it, your jobs not going to work if your hearts not in it,...

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