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Family fun Saturday at Chino’s Territorial Days

Caps off with 68th annual Corn Dinner and school district’s 100th birthday party

2017 Territorial Days in Chino Valley included the annual parade – in addition to the annual pancake breakfast, kids entertainment, and arts and crafts. (Max Efrein/Kudos, file)

2017 Territorial Days in Chino Valley included the annual parade – in addition to the annual pancake breakfast, kids entertainment, and arts and crafts. (Max Efrein/Kudos, file)

Though Territorial Days’ Sequins and Saddles kickoff Friday, Aug. 31, is more of an adult event, the Territorial Days celebration held Saturday, Sept. 1, offers fun for the whole family, said Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Director Lorette Brashear.

It all starts with the Morning Lions’ pancake breakfast at 6 a.m. Saturday where the cost is $5 per person, or free for children younger than 12, at the Chino Valley Senior Center, 1021 W. Butterfield Road.

That’s only the beginning of the fun though.

“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 event begins at 7:20, 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 respective age group.

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Prescott residents Juan Mendez and his granddaughter, Juliette Zaun, chow down on corn at the 2017 Chino Valley Corn Dinner. Juliette said she’s been coming to this annual event “since I was a baby.” (Sue Tone/Kudos, file)

Registration is $25 for the 10k, $20 for the two-mile run/walk and $15 for youth. For more information, contact Mark Metz at 480-220-5085 or at mmetz@chinovalleyschools.com.

PARADE & MORE

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 said. All proceeds stay with the Lioness club. Further, there will be water slides, a rock wall, gyroscope ride and more — and it is all free to the public with the only cost being food trucks which arrive at 11 a.m.

“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 are available at Olsen’s Grain, 344 Highway 89; Warren’s 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.

The event has all the corn you can eat, a silent auction raffle and it runs alongside the Chino Valley Unified School District’s 100th Birthday Party outside the dinner from 4 to 8 p.m.

“The whole school district is getting involved,” said McKinley Gonzales, Chino Valley High School agriculture teacher. “There’s going to be a live band, carnival games … just something else to add onto the fun.”

This year, the money from the raffle is staying with the FFA program and the goal is to raise money so the students can go to the national convention, Gonzales said. The school had one team win state so it’s going to be competing nationally this year, agriculture teacher Miles Holder added.

Further, as the 68th annual Corn Dinner, it is one of the longest running events the town has, Holder said.

“It’s tradition,” he said.