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Chino Valley Territorial Days kicks off town’s 50th anniversary, official says

Chino Valley Territorial Days. (Matt Santos/Courtesy)

Chino Valley Territorial Days. (Matt Santos/Courtesy)

Celebrate Chino Valley as Arizona’s first territorial capital Saturday, Aug. 31, with Territorial Days, an event that also kicks off the town’s 50th anniversary, said Chino Valley Assistant Community Services Director Cyndi Thomas.

“Everyone should be very much interested in the last (parade) float and see what that has to offer,” Thomas said. “I won’t spoil the surprise.”

The whole day is going to be amazing, starting with the pancake breakfast at 6 a.m., said Chino Valley Recreation Lead Dallas Gray. The pancake breakfast is in the Chino Valley Senior Center, 1021 W. Butterfield Road.

The 10K and 2 Mile Run/Walk starts at 7:15 and 7:20 a.m. and are followed by the vendors opening at 8 a.m. and the parade at 9:15 a.m.

The 10K and 2 Mile Fun run, a fundraiser for the Chino Valley High School cross country team, start at the Chino Valley Public Library, 1020 W. Palomino Road. The 10K is $20 and the 2 Mile Fun Run is $15. To sign up, visit www.runsignup.com/Race/AZ/ChinoValley/TerritorialDaysFunRun.

When it comes to the parade, announced this year by Chino Valley Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lorette Brashear, lots of work has been done with the Chino Valley Police Department to make the route cohesive for everybody involved, Gray said. People can park along Road 1 West until 8:30 a.m. and spectators are asked not to go into the roadway, Thomas said.

“We are going to be very diligent about making sure spectators stay (behind) barricades,” she said.

There’s a new vendor this year for the Kid Zone, AZ Jolly Jumpers, who is also providing a package that involves a new Toddler Zone, Thomas said. The toddlers will have the opportunity of a bounce house and water slide all their own.

There’s also a new Adult Zone that will include some adult games people can participate in, such as a life-size version of Jenga, Gray said.

“You’ll have your older kids playing, you’ll have your younger kids playing,” she said. “We’ll put you guys smack dab in the middle so you can eat at the food trucks and then play some lawn games.”

The food trucks, Kid Zone, Toddler Zone and Adult Zone all open at 10 a.m., though shaved ice will be available during the parade.

It all ends with the FFA Corn Dinner, an event that Chino Valley High School agriculture teacher Miles Holder said is the FFA program’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Held 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. Admission at the door is $10 for general and senior admission and $45 for a family up to five. Advance tickets are available at Chino Rentals, 1181 Highway 89, the Chino Valley Unified School District office, 650 E. Center St., Warren’s Hay n More, 2295 S. Highway 89, Mazy’s 396 W. Road 3 North and Olsen’s Grain in Chino Valley, 344 Highway 89, and Prescott, 711 Elrod Road.

As a whole, Territorial Days has that hometown feeling that you can’t get in every town, Gray said. For some, the whole day is like something out of a book, she said. It all happens thanks to the community, Thomas said.

“As hard as our recreation staff has worked to make this a successful event, other organizations have come together too,” Thomas said. “Not only the Lions, with the pancake breakfast and the Lionesses with the vendors in the park and the Lions with the parade. We have the high school that puts on the (10K and 2 Mile Fun Run) every year. Then, of course, our recreation department and then FFA … that ends the day with the corn dinner.”

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