25th Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering - December 6-8, 2013
Join the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce for two days of activities for the 25th Annual Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering.The Cowboy Poets Reception kicks off the event on Friday, December 6 at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, located at 21 North Frontier Street. Featured artist Lori Jo Giddings created our special commemorative anniversary poster will be introduced and available to sign posters. Entertainment will include Carole Jarvis, Sally Bates, Suzi Killman & Cindi Austin, and Karen Thomas. Limited tickets are available for the reception @$10 per person advance/ $15 at the door. Most of the action will take place on Saturday starting with Dutch-oven biscuits n' gravy and cowboy coffee from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - $5 donation in the north side parking area of the Wickenburg Community Center, 160 N. Valentine Street in the historic district of downtown Wickenburg. The Free Day Sessions begin at 9:00 a.m. - 12noon, and 1:30 p.m. -3:30 p.m., and include Sessions of storytelling, cowboy poetry readings and singin' which are held every 50 minutes in the center. The featured cowboy poet's performance is scheduled on Saturday evening, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wickenburg Community Center. Featured poets & entertainers Brenn Hill, Waddie Mitchell, and Don Edwards will be on stage. Admission: $15 advance tickets by Dec. 1; $25 after. Tickets for the Gathering are available from The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce- 928-684-5479. www.wickenburgchamber.com
|18TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE OF LIGHTS - "Out Wickenburg Way!" Friday, December 13, 2013 -Historic Downtown Wickenburg Sponsored by The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce, Town of Wickenburg and APS. Businesses are finishing their entries, children plan on riding bicycles, marchers are making plans to light limbs and antique cars will be aglow for Wickenburg's 18th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights, Friday Evening, December 13th. The parade will start at 6:30 p.m. on Yavapai Street in front of the Wickenburg Christian School, traveling to historic Frontier Street near the Chamber of Commerce Office and continuing down Frontier near the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, ending at Tegner and Yavapai Street at WCO's " Little Red Schoolhouse" 245 N. Tegner Street Visitors and residents around the state will gather to watch the illuminated entries and have the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus after the parade at the awards ceremonies in front of the "Garcia Little Red Schoolhouse", next to Bashas' Frontier Shopping Center 245 N. Tegner Street entertainment and refreshments will be served. Awards ribbons will be given to the winners in each category, and the "Best Over-All" Entry will receive the "Tinsel Award" Information call Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce at (928) 684-5479. Parade application 2013 A panel of civic leaders will judge the parade entries. Announcers will be stationed at Wickenburg Christian School, Wickenburg Unified School District, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, in front of the historic Santa Fe Depot-Wickenburg Chamber Office and Remuda Ranch on Frontier Street. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the unique shopping opportunities in Wickenburg. "Bring Christmas Home from Wickenburg." "Like" the Christmas Parade of Lights Facebook Page: Click Here|
66th ANNUAL GOLD RUSH DAYS & RODEO
February 14-16, 2014WESTERN FUN RIDES IN WITH THE 66th ANNUAL GOLD RUSH DAYS FEBRUARY 13-16, 2014 - “OUT WICKENBURG WAY!” This event celebrates the town’s origins as a ranching & gold mining center in the days before there was a Phoenix. The heritage event was founded 65 years ago, and today Gold Rush Days draws tens of thousands of visitors, during the 3 ½ days of activities. Festivities begin on Thursday, February 13, with the Brown’s Amusements Family Fun Carnival opening at 4:00 p.m., in the downtown district. Joining us in Wickenburg for special concert performances are The Three Redneck Tenors, Thursday, February 13th and Friday, February 14th the show starts at 7:30pm @ $35 a ticket at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts. Join Billy Bob, Billy Joe and Billy Billee for big city music tunes and down home laughs. The official opening gets underway on Friday, February 14 during the Opening Ceremonies on Frontier Street at 10:00 a.m. with a gunslinger-stuntman Joey Dillon, and gold rush officials kicking off the event. Friday is the only day you will be able to see beautiful classic cars on Frontier Street from 9am -3 p.m. The main festival area on Valentine Street in the historic district will see 200 exhibitors at the artisan fair, a family fun carnival, juried art show, free stage entertainment, gold panning, and much more from 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m., with the carnival running throughout the evening. One of the highlights on Friday is the first show of the Desert Stagers old fashioned melodrama, held in the historic Saguaro Theatre at 7:00 p.m., nightly throughout the celebration. The second concert performance at The Webb Center is again at 7:30 p.m. The parade on Saturday at 10:00 a.m., is one of the largest in Arizona, with over 100 entries including close to 1,000 horses, classic auto’s, floats, marching bands, and youth groups participating. Spectators line the street as one of the largest parades in Arizona passes by. The parade theme is: “Trail of Gold!” On Saturday the main event activities are the same, but include the additions of a Western Barbeque, and the first performance of the National Senior Professional Rodeo & Open Rough Stock, held at 2:00 p.m. at the Everett Bowman Arena, located at 935 Constellation Road, just one mile east of the downtown area. Admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students & children (6-17), 5 & under are Free. Gates open at Noon. On Saturday night inside the Wickenburg Community Center a western dance is scheduled from 9:00 p.m. –Midnight; No Host Beer & Wine Saloon with Wickenburg Rotary Club. Admission to the Dance is $8 each, and must be 21 & over to attend. Sunday, the activities include the arts/crafts area, gold panning, family carnival, rodeo performance, melodrama, and special day events such as the Lioness Pancake Breakfast at 7:30 am – 11 am inside the Community Center; traditional Mining events - Mucking & Drilling Contest at 10:00 a.m. where contestants compete for money and prizes and spectators can bid in a Calcutta Auction for a contestant; and the Arizona Gold Panning Championship, where contestants compete for money and prizes while panning for gold starts at 1:00 p.m. The second performance of the Senior Pro Rodeo is at 2 p.m. This annual western celebration is the Signature Heritage event for Wickenburg, and was named in 2012 as one of the Top Rural Events in Arizona by the Arizona Festival & Event Association. Other accolades over the years include 2011 & 2012 Arizona Centennial event; 2009 Arizona’s Best Special Rural Event by the Arizona Office of Tourism. Most significant is the recognition by the Library of Congress, whereas Gold Rush Days is one of America’s Living Legacies. The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce is the proud producer of the celebration each year, along with partners and sponsors. For more information, and tickets call (928) 684-5479 or visit the event on www.wickenburgchamber.com. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org To purchase tickets only for the Webb Center concerts call 928-684-6624 Parade App 2014 GR Schedule 2014
Featured bands entertaining all three days are Watch for our "Featured Bands" announcement in the near future. The festival opens on Friday to the public at 11 am, with entertainment from 1 pm- 5:30 pm. On Saturday and Sunday, gates open at 7 am for a pancake breakfast, and entertainment follows from 9 am - 5:30 pm. The festival includes food & drink concessions, arts/crafts, and a designated Kids Zone. Organizers prohibit bringing in alcoholic beverages, dogs, food and coolers. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. General bleacher seating is available on grounds. EVENT IS RAIN OR SHINE- NO REFUNDS. Tickets are available at the ticket gate $15 for Seniors (60+), $18 for Adults, $10 for Children (5 and under are free) CASH ONLY. Veterans pricing on Sunday, November 10th $10 with show of military ID.
Location: Everett Bowman Rodeo Arena 935 Constellation Rd.; Wickenburg, AZ 85390