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25 June 2012  

This coming Thursday, the shutes at the Rodeo will open. 

This week is the start of the World's Oldest Rodeo, always an exciting time here in Prescott, Arizona.

What you may not know is that while Arizona celebrates it's Centennial, the World's Oldest Rodeo is celebrating it's 125th year. That means there should be excitement for all. Keep your camera handy, you might get a good photo of a variety of celebrities and dignitaries.

Here at eNewsAZ, based on past years' occurrences, we predict the Governor will attend the Rodeo at some time, as will as our hometown representatives, Speaker of the House Andy Tobin, Senate President Steve Pierce and Secretary of State Ken Bennett. Please note, we said, 'we predict,' not 'we know'.

In the meantime, the good news is that you can still buy tickets, although reports are that the sales are doing even better than last year, which had a record turnout. Prices range from $12-25.

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Frontier Days Schedule

Lots of activities will be taking place this week in addition to the Rodeo. We've wrangled together a roundup of the schedule.

Thursday, June 28: First Rodeo performance of 2012, starts at 7:30 pm

Happy Hearts for Exceptional Children will also take place earlier in the afternoon. For more information, call the Rodeo office.

It's the first night of the Rodeo Dance, taking place at the M&I parking lot, on the corner of Sheldon and Montezuma. The time for this event is from 8-1:00 in the morning.

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Friday, June 29: Rodeo performance starting at 7:30 pm

You've never seen anything so cute as the Kiwanis Kiddie Parade which takes place on Cortez & Goodwin, Friday from 8:00 am to 10:00 am - although to be honest, that's probably wayyy longer than it will really take. But, get there early, and bring your camera for some of the cutest photo ops ever!

Rodeo Dance, taking place at the M&I parking lot, on the corner of Sheldon and Montezuma. The time for this event is from 8-1:00 in the morning.

On the Courthouse Square, is the Prescott Rode Days Fine Arts & Crafts Show is taking place from June 29-July 1. Find out more at the Prescott Downtown Partnership website.

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Saturday, June 30: Two rodeo performances, 1:30 and 7:30.

The Prescott Frontier Days Parade starts at 9:00 AM sharp. This is the second largest parade in the state of Arizona. (Only the Fiesta Bowl parade is larger.) Bring lawn chairs, water bottles and a hat, it'll probably get pretty warm out there. The Parade Route starts at Cortez and Willis, and goes up to Carlton, across to Montezuma and back up to Willis. Also, you'll want to arrive early, because parking is tough to find.

This is the last night for the Rodeo Dance, so if you're gonna go and you haven't yet, this is the final call. From 8 pm to 1:00 pm.

The Prescott Rodeo Days Fine Arts & Crafts Show continues. Find out more at the Prescott Downtown Partnership website.

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Sunday, July 1: Rodeo happens at 7:30 pm

It's church like you've not been to since you were a kid. A non-denominational Cowboy Church with Pastor Ted Weise takes place in the Grandstands on the Rodeo Grounds. Lots of the riders and personnel from the Rodeo attend. Starts at 9:30 am.

Last day for the Prescott Rode Days Fine Arts & Crafts Show. Find out more at the Prescott Downtown Partnership website.

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Monday, July 2: Rodeo performance at 7:30

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Tuesday, July 3: It's the last evening Rodeo performance for the year, starts at 7:30

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Wednesday, July 4: The last day of the World's Oldest Rodeo for 2012; starts at 1:30 pm, sharp!

The City of Prescott's 4th of July Extravaganza 2012 takes place next Wednesday, of course. The fun starts at noon, and continues until the last firework, sometime around 10:30 pm. There is free shuttle parking at Embry Riddle. If you pre-purchase your wrist bands, they'll cost $12, at the gate it's $15.

Speaking of fireworks, that will start at 9:00. You can see these fireworks from all over, but if you're not at the Extravaganza, you'll want to stake out your watching perch as early as possible.

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You'll want to keep this page bookmarked, a few other activities might be added as the week progresses. In the meantime, enjoy the Rodeo!

 

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Lynne LaMaster

Lynne LaMaster is the Founder of the eNewsAZ Network of websites. She will be leaving for new adventures on May 15, 2020.

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