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Chino Valley celebrates Territorial Days on Saturday

The usual highlight of Territorial Days in Chino Valley is the parade. This year’s parade will be the 32nd annual and begins at 9:15 a.m. today, Sept. 1. (Max Efrein/Courier, file)

The usual highlight of Territorial Days in Chino Valley is the parade. This year’s parade will be the 32nd annual and begins at 9:15 a.m. today, Sept. 1. (Max Efrein/Courier, file)

Whether it is pancakes for breakfast or an all-you-can-eat corn feast for dinner, families will find plenty to do at this year’s Territorial Days celebration Saturday, Sept. 1.

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

That’s only the beginning of the fun, said Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Director Lorette Brashear.

The 20th annual 10k and 2-mile run/walk begin at 7:15 a.m. for runners and 7:20 a.m. for walkers, Brashear said. Both events start at the Senior Center.

Proceeds will benefit the Chino Valley Cross Country team, she said.

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 2-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. 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.

The Chino Valley Lioness Club will offer a wide range of arts and crafts vendors and booths for businesses to showcase what they do and what they are about, Brashear said. All proceeds stay with the Lioness Club, she said.

Water slides, a rock wall, gyroscope ride and more will be available, all free to the public, with the only cost being food trucks that arrive at 11 a.m., she said.

“We really are bringing more for the families to get involved and just to stay longer right after the parade,” Brashear said.

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. In advance, admission is $9 for general admission, $8 for seniors, and $40 for a family up to five people. At the door it’s $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 features all the corn you can eat and a silent auction raffle.

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 Chino Valley High School agriculture teacher McKinley Gonzales. “There’s going to be a live band, carnival games … just something else to add onto the fun.”

Money from the raffle goes to the FFA program. 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 is going to be competing nationally this year, said agriculture teacher Miles Holder.