Mexican rodeo a hit at Louisiana State Fair
By: Stephanie Claytor
Updated: November 4, 2012
Hundreds of people came out to Hirsch Stadium Sunday evening for the Louisiana State Fair's annual "Jaripeo" Mexican rodeo. This year it expanded to having 10 bull riders, up two from 2011. There were plenty of families there, enjoying the live music.
"I'm actually hoping to see a lot of bulls, a lot of interesting rides or montas as they say in Spanish, and I'm hoping to hear some great music and just have fun," said Freddi Lopez, of Bernice, LA.
"I just like watching the bulls and the people," said Christian Tristan, of Tyler, Tx. " I'm hoping they don't get hurt, but mostly they do get hurt."
There were three bands there to perform including "Banda Tierra Guanajuatense", "Solitario de Tierra Caliente," and the headliner, "Los Terribles del Norte. "
The jaripeo is different from a traditional rodeo because it only features bull riders, and has princesses that dance with the performers.
The bull riders said the hardest part is judging each bull's personality.
"You don't know because each bull is different," said Arturo Cruz. "You don't know how is going be the bull, strong or slow."
The bull riders featured in the show were from Texas and Mexico.
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