CHINO VALLEY - Horse events rejoin the 23rd Territorial Capital Days this weekend.
"We're real excited about Yavapai College sponsoring horse events as part of the event. These are the first horse events in the event since the rodeo left a couple of years ago," Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ab Jackson said.
The college will host an open 4-D barrel race and youth gymkhana on Saturday and an English and Western Horse Show on Sunday at its Agribusiness and Science Technology Center, 2275 Old Home Manor Dr.
This year, Territorial Capital Days begins with a Movie in the Park at dusk in the Community Center Park at Road 1 East and Perkinsville Road. People will see the movie, "Night at the Museum 2." Admission is $5 per family. People should bring their own chairs and blankets.
Saturday's events start out with the Chino Valley Morning Lions Club Pancake Breakfast that runs from 6 to 9:30 a.m. at the Chino Valley Senior Center, 1021 W. Butterfield Road. The all-you-can-eat breakfast's menu consists of pancakes, ham, orange juice and coffee. Admission is $5.
Registration for the 11th annual 10K Race and 2-Mile Fun Run will run from 6 to 7:10 a.m. at Memory Park at Palomino Road and Road 1 West. The race and fun run start at 7:15 a.m. at the park.
The Chino Valley High School cross country team is hosting the race. Proceeds will help pay for the team to attend an invitational meet in Los Angeles.
Cost of the 10K race is $20. The 2-mile race costs $14, while children younger than 12 are $11. Parents can participate in the 2-Mile Fun Run with their children, strollers and pets, if they like.
The fees include a race T-shirt, goodie bag and awards.
The 23rd annual Territorial Capital Days Parade starts at 9:30 a.m. at Heritage Middle School and goes north on Road 1 West to Memory Park. The parade's theme this year is "High Plains Adventure," which also is the theme of Territorial Capital Days.
An estimated 50 entries will participate in this year's parade. People can still enter the parade by completing an entry form at the chamber office and paying the $10 entry fee.
After the parade is over, Chino Valley Parks and Recreation's Fun in the Park will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Memory Park.
It will include an inflatable slide and jump castle, gold panning, cowboy golf, horseshoes, a disk jockey, variety of booths and a food vendor.
The college's 4-D barrel race and youth gymkhana will run from 1 to 4 p.m. in its arena, 2275 Old Home Manor Dr.
From 1 to 3 p.m. at the college's campus in Chino Valley, events will include canine behavior and performance demos by Karen Clymer; equine training and safety demos by Gary Gang and Sara Chambers; horseshoeing demos by Bob Earle; an educational petting zoo; an hydroponics workshop; and an alternative energy workshop.
The 61st annual Chino Valley FFA Alumni Corn Dinner is set for 3 to 7 p.m. in the Del Rio Elementary School Gym, Road 1 West and Road 2 North.
Tickets are $9 for seniors; $6 for children; and $35 for a family of five, and are available in Chino Valley at Olsen's Grain, Chino Rentals, chamber office, State Farm Insurance (Peggy Hubble), Circle L Animal Hospital, National Bank, Chino Ship 'N' Copy, Chino Valley Animal Hospital, Summit Bank and the Arizona State Credit Union.
The menu includes a barbecue beef dinner with all the corn you can eat, coleslaw, a roll and a drink.
Desserts are extra. They are a fundraiser for the Chino Valley High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.
The Chino Valley FFA Alumni and Friends filly will be raffling off a DiamondsSmokyFirefly 2007 sorrel AQHA filly. The sire is Smoke N Burn and the dam is Diamond Jay Dixie.
Tickets cost $5 each or six for $25. The FFA will draw the winner at the corn dinner.
At 8:30 a.m. Sunday, the English and Western Horse Show will start in the YC arena at 2275 Old Home Manor Dr. Trail classes run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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