Hacienda de la Canoa hosting 'When Bronc Riders Wore Lipstick' exhibit

Hacienda de la Canoa in Green Valley will be hosting a cowgirl exhibit for a limited time.

The exhibit, "When Bronc Riders Wore Lipstick," running from Feb. 18 to March 4, will feature the dress of cowgirls from the early 1900s through the '30s, a release on Pima County website said. “The display includes cowgirl skirts, bronc belts, hats, cuffs, spurs and riding boots,” the release said.

“I am very proud that I am preserving a small piece of history that people have forgotten about,” Cheri Raftery, a preservationist who designed the exhibit, said in the release.

Raftery said she wants others to experience life as cowgirls did with this exhibit. “Women brought up in the American West were tough, rugged cowhands from ranching families who were expected to work alongside their fathers, brothers, and husbands raising and breeding cattle and horses," she said in the release. "In addition to working long hours, these cowgirls also competed in rodeos for cash prizes."

This cowgirl exhibit coincides with the annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros Tucson Rode at Canoa Ranch, the release said.

No entry fee is required (although a $10 donation is encouraged) for the exhibit, which will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 18 to March 4 at the Green Valley’s Raul M. Grijalva Canoa Ranch Conservation Park

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