Tom Elliott will be doing what he loves most in today’s Tucson Rodeo Parade: waving.

The 82-year-old hasn’t missed riding in the parade in 21 years. Sure, he does it to give his business, Tomdra Vending and Coffee Service, exposure.

But it’s that greeting he really relishes.

“I ride in the parade because I like to wave at people,” he laughs. “It’s funny because so many of the spectators are my customers. We have vending machines, and they’re saying ‘Where’s your hot fries or where’s your potato chips? Where’s your peanuts?’”

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