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Territorial Days has something to offer for the whole family

‘Our Hometown Chino Valley’ this year’s parade theme

Territorial Days in Chino Valley on Sept. 2, 2017, consisted of the 31st annual parade – including 40 entries. (Max Efrein/Review, file)

Territorial Days in Chino Valley on Sept. 2, 2017, consisted of the 31st annual parade – including 40 entries. (Max Efrein/Review, file)

This year’s Territorial Days celebration, held over Labor Day Weekend, offers fun for the whole family, said Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Director Lorette Brashear.

While the kickoff is Friday, Aug. 31, with the Sequins and Saddles event, there’s a full day on Saturday, Sept. 1, starting with the Morning Lions’ pancake breakfast at 6 a.m.., Brashear said. Cost is $5 per person, or free for children under 12, and it’s at the Senior Center, 1021 W. Butterfield Road.

Last year, more than 200 people came to the pancake breakfast and the anticipation is a bigger crowd this year, Brashear said.

But that’s not all.

“If that’s still not enough fun for you, we’ve got the 10k and two mile run walk,” Brashear said. “That is the 20th annual run/walk. Proceeds will benefit the Chino Valley Cross Country Team.”

The 10k begins at 7:15 a.m. and the two mile begins at 7:20 a.m. both at the Senior Center. All entrants will receive a t-shirt and there will be awards for those who finish in the top three in their age group. Registration is $25 for the 10k, $20 for the two mile and $15 for youth. For more information, contact Mark Metz at 480-220-5085 or at mmetz@chinovalleyschools.com.

The 32nd annual Territorial Days Parade begins at 9:15 a.m. and this year’s theme is “Our Hometown Chino Valley,” Brashear said. It goes for about an hour before funneling back to Memory Park where the vendors will have been since 8 a.m., she said.

Run by the Chino Valley Lioness Club, there will be a wide range of arts and craft vendors to businesses showcasing what they do and what they’re about, Brashear. All proceeds stay with the Lioness club, she said. Further, there will be water slides, a rock wall, gyroscope ride and more and it’s all free to the public with the only cost being food trucks which arrive at 11 a.m., she said.

“This is the first time I’ve seen the water slides and the rock wall,” Brashear said. “We really are bringing more for the families to get involved and just to stay longer right after the parade. Stay, have fun and make it a fun, full day here in Chino Valley.”

The day caps off with the 68th annual Future Farmers of America Corn Dinner from 3 to 7 p.m. at Del Rio Elementary School, 1036 N. Road 1 West. Admission in advance is $9 for general admission, $8 for seniors, and $40 for a family up to five people. At the door its $10 for general admission and seniors and $45 for a family up to five people.

Tickets can be purchased at Olsen’s Grain, 344 Highway 89, Warrens Hay-N-More, 2295 Highway 89, Chino Rentals 1181 Highway 89, the Chino Valley Unified School District Office, 650 Center St. and at Mazy’s, 396 W. Road 3 North.

It has all the corn you can eat plus a silent auction raffle, Brashear said. It runs alongside the CVUSD 100th Birthday Party outside the corn dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. there is no admission for the birthday party.