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5:17 AM Thu, Nov. 15th

Chino Valley prepares for annual Territorial Days

CHINO VALLEY ­ Residents here will celebrate the community's past with annual Territorial Days festivities that will include a parade, games in the park and a rodeo Friday through the Labor Day weekend.

Festivities on Saturday are expected to draw 500 to 600 people to Memory Park, said Jeremy Hust, recreation coordinator with the town's Parks and Recreation Department. The park is at the western end of Palomino Road.

Hust noted this year's festivities will kick off with an event that did not take place a year ago because the Chino Valley Aquatic Center had not yet opened. The pool at Community Center Park, at Perkinsville Road and Road 1 East, will be open for a "splash" from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday.

Territorial Days marks Chino Valley's brief status ­ from January through May 1864 ­ as the territorial capital of Arizona. Prescott subsequently became the territorial capital.

"We pretty much have the usual entertainment for Territorial Days," Hust said, adding that many activities will be free.

Territorial Days offers "just lots of fun," he said. "You are not going to find any more fun than coming to Territorial Days."

The Territorial Days parade will draw more entries than in 2005, said Nathan McCasland, also a recreation coordinator. He anticipates 55 entries ­ up from 40 to 45 entries in 2005 ­ at the 20th annual parade, which is at 10 a.m. Saturday in the park.

The schedule for Territorial Days ais as follows:

Friday

• Territorial Days splash at the pool, 6 to 10 p.m.

Saturday

• The 12th annual Lions Club pancake breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m. in the Senior Center, 1021 W. Butterfield Road.

• Chino Valley High School cross-country 10K and two-mile race/fun walk, 7 to 9 a.m. at Memory Park. Call Marc Metz at 636-2298 to register.

• The parade, 10 a.m. between Del Rio Elementary School and Memory Park.

• Games, music and food at the park, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Prescott Regulators & Their Shady Ladies will do their Wild West re-enactments.

An inflatable playground, dunk tank, pie-eating contest, horseshoe tournament and a chili cook-off also will be featured.

• The third annual Ken McDaniel Rodeo, 2 to 7 p.m. at the Susan A. Williams Equestrian Center off Old Home Manor Drive.

• The 56th annual Corn Dinner from 3 to 8 p.m. at Del Rio Elementary.

• Rodeo dance from 8 p.m. to midnight at the equestrian center.

Sunday

• Rodeo from 1 to 5 p.m. at the equestrian center.