Originally Published: August 23, 2000 midnight
Ever wonder why Chino Valley sponsors a big Labor Day celebration called First Territorial Capital Days?
A historic marker along Highway 89 just north of the town of 8,000 may explain. It reads:
Del Rio Springs
Site of original Camp Whipple, established December 1863.
From January 22 to May 18, 1864 the offices of the Territorial Government of Arizona were operated from tents and log cabins here before being moved to Prescott, the first permanent capital.
Territorial days are a celebration of that time long ago when the cavalry picked Chino Valley's rolling hills as a campsite. It probably had something to do with the water.
At 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, the long weekend's first event has to do with dancing and rodeo queens. A Rodeo Kick-Off Dance will include the crowning of new rodeo queens at the rodeo grounds.
To reach the rodeo grounds, take Highway 89 north from Prescott to Perkinsville Road in Chino Valley. Go east (right) less than two miles to Jerome Junction Road and follow the signs.
"Truly Reckless" will provide music for the dance, which is expected to end about midnight.
Dance tickets will be available at the gate. The fee is $5 for adults, $3 for children 5-12 years of age, and free for those 3 and under.
Saturday, Sept. 2, Lions Club members will begin serving pancakes at 6 a.m. in the Chino Valley Senior Center, 1021 W. Butterfield. Breakfast is $3 for adults, and $1.50 for children under 12 years of age. Tickets can be purchased at the door, from any Lion or Lioness club member or at Mazy's shop, 396 W. Road 3 North. Pancakes will be served until 11 a.m.
While the Lions are serving pancakes, a 10K and 2-mile Fun Run will be sponsored by the Chino Valley High School's cross country teams. Participants will meet at 7:15 a.m. Saturday at the senior center.
Cross country runners are sponsoring the runs to raise money to attend a national cross country meet at Stanford University in California.
In Chino Valley, pick up registration forms at Safeway or the high school. In Prescott, pick up forms at Stewards Family Shoes and the YMCA. Dairy Queen in Prescott Valley also has forms for the running events.
Then it will be parade time. Parade entries are available from the Town of Chino Valley and entries must be submitted by 4:30 p.m., Friday.
Starting time for the parade is 10 a.m. Saturday. About 50 entries are expected in this 14th annual parade sponsored by the town. The parade will begin at the town hall, then go east on Butterfield, left on Horizon, left on Palomino and finally to Heritage Middle School. Kathleen Finlayson, of the town's recreation department, estimates parade vehicles will take about an hour to travel the parade route.
Rodeo events will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, and finals for the rodeo connection and open rodeo will start at 2 p.m.
The Annual Corn Dinner will be served from 3 to 7 p.m. at Del Rio Elementary School, Road 1 West and Road 1 North. There will be live music, barbecue beef, salad, rolls and all the corn you can eat. If you'd like dessert, it will be on sale separately.
Tickets can be purchased at Chino and Prescott Olsens Grain, Savoinis and the Chino Valley High School agricultural department.
Cost is $25 for families up to five people, $7 for adults 13 and up, $5 for seniors and children 5-12 years of age, and free for children under 4.
The Saturday rodeo dance will be from 8 p.m. until midnight at the rodeo grounds.
Sunday features rodeo performances at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the Junior Rodeo will be at 2 p.m. Monday.
Ticket prices for all rodeo performances are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children 5-12 years, and free for those under 5.