Chino Valley prepares for Territorial Days
CHINO VALLEY – The Labor Day weekend First Territorial Capital Days celebration kicks off Friday with a Rodeo Dance that will feature the crowning of new rodeo queens.
Cindy Rhemgans, of Chino Valley, and Megan Petrovsky, Prescott, are vying for the title of rodeo queen.
Hopefuls in the junior queen contest are: Amanda Hunt, Chino Valley; Samantha Tritz, Paulden; Julie M. Banfill, Chino Valley, and Ashley Marie King, also of Chino Valley.
Candidates have participated in interviewing, horsemanship, speech and modeling, and extemporaneous question competition, and winners' names will be revealed at Friday's dance.
The Rodeo Kick-Off Dance starts at 7 p.m. Friday at the rodeo grounds. "Truly Reckless" will provide music. To get there, take Highway 89 north from Prescott to Perkinsville Road in Chino Valley. Go east about two miles to Jerome Junction road, turn left and follow the signs.
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 4 and under.
Saturday's festivities begin at 6 a.m. with a pancake breakfast in the Chino Valley Senior Center, 1021 W. Butterfield. Pancakes, ham, orange juice and coffee will be served until 11 a.m. Tickets are $3 for adults, and $1.50 for children 12 and younger.
About 55 entries will be lined up in parade formation at 10 a.m. Saturday. Sponsored by the town of Chino Valley, the 14th annual parade will begin at town hall, go east on Butterfield, left on Horizon, then left on Palomino.
The weekend's rodeo performances, including steer wrestling, team roping, bull riding, steer riding and calf roping, will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday at the rodeo grounds. Slack performances will begin about 4 p.m. Saturday.
The annual Corn Dinner will be served from 3–7 p.m. at Del Rio Elementary School, Road 1 West and Road 1 North. There will be BBQ beef, salad, rolls, all the Young's Farm corn you can eat and live music, too.
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 four and under.
The Saturday rodeo dance will start at 8 p.m. and end at midnight at the rodeo grounds.
Sunday's rodeo performance begins at 2 p.m., and slack performances start at 8 a.m. The Junior Rodeo will be at 2 p.m. Monday, and there is no admission fee for Junior Rodeo events.
Ticket prices for rodeo performances are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for children 5-12 years, and free for those under 5.
Also on Monday, the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association will sponsor a competition in the small area from 9 a.m. until noon. There is no admission fee for this event. Competitors will maneuver their horses while shooting at 10 targets with two different guns.