Did you catch the 75-foot float in honor of Roy Rogers in the Tournament of Roses Parade yesterday? What an elaborate tribute to the “King of Cowboys,” who would have celebrated his 100th birthday in November! Not only did the grand finale float feature a 35-foot-tall classic image of Roy Rogers framed by a silver horseshoe inscribed with his name and pearl-handled dual six-shooters on each side, it also was the first time the real Trigger and Bullet were on the float. Rogers had them preserved after their deaths, with the trusty steed forever posed in his signature rearing position. Now…. is it just me, or is that weird? There were 100 golden palominos leading the float, each presumably representing a year of Rogers’ 100th birthdate in November, which was cool. But if you caught the end of the parade you would have seen one of the horseback riders get tossed off his horse.
I kind of feel like that horse as the new year gets underway. Whoa, 2012! I said WHOA! I’ll be reviewing 2011 and setting my goals and aspirations for 2012. Cowboy’s Sweetheart will be at the Tubac Festival of the Arts in February, and I’m really looking forward to it. Tubac is an artsy community located south of Tucson, AZ. This art festival, from February 8th-12th, is the town’s major event of the year. It showcases the work of hundreds of visiting artists, craft persons and musicians from around the country and Canada. The Tubac Arts Festival had its start back in 1959 and is the longest running event of its kind in the southwest.
Always remember… Some trails are happy ones, others are blue.
It’s the way you ride the trail that counts!
Amy Fortunato (Boss Lady)