Cave Creek Celebrates Its Western Heritage

It’s Time for Wild West Days 2017!

Cave Creek Wild West Days, one of Arizona’s largest western celebrations, and a Town of Cave Creek signature event, will celebrate its 15th year by welcoming over 10,000 people to the heart of one of America’s most authentic western towns.

Managed by the Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association (CCMEA), the 15th Annual Cave Creek Wild West Days is set for Friday, November 3 through Sunday, November 5. Festivities will include a Battle of the Bars Bull Riding Competition, Wild West Days Parade, Mutton Bustin’, Half-Pie Eating Contest, Pig Races, the Wild West Days Dance and a ton of family-friendly fun in between.

Wild West Days kicks off November 3 with the lovely Jan Marrou singing the national anthem and then Battle of the Bars Bull Riding officially gets the fun started at 7:30pm.

The Wild West Days Parade, sponsored by the Town of Cave Creek, starts the morning festivities Saturday, November 4, at 9am. Right after the parade, head on down to Buffalo Chip for the crazy antics of the junior rodeo riders in the Mutton Bustin’ competition, sponsored by Cowtown Boots and Cave Creek Dentistry.

After Mutton Bustin’, head on back to Frontier Town for an amazing afternoon and evening of true cowboy fun. At 11:30am, pick a favorite half pie and enter the Half-Pie Eating contest for some good, messy, sweet fun. Throughout the day, Frontier Town will be bustling with gunfighters, their “ladies” and cowboys of every kind; try not to cross these ornery critters or you may find yourself in the middle of a shootout. Visitors can pan for gold, courtesy of the Cave Creek Museum; have a picture taken with Prince Charming, the most adorable miniature horse around, and help hunt down those mangy varmints in the Quick Duck Draw, where every player is a winner. Attendees can also build a stick horse to enter in Triple R’s Winter Roundup Stick Horse Race later that evening. At 2:30pm is the Gold Nugget Hunt throughout Frontier Town.

Triple R Horse Rescue’s Annual Charity Winter Roundup dinner takes place at Frontier Town, beginning at 4pm. There will be music by Pick O’Litter, a BBQ brisket dinner and the Dirty Tequila girls will be running the bar. Stick horse racing takes place at 5pm, along with other family friendly events. For tickets and information on the Winter Roundup, visit

East of town, Harold’s Corral is hosting the pig races at 1pm and 3pm, cornhole tournament at 6pm, and the official Wild West Days Dance kicks off at 9pm with music by Mogollon. West Days wraps up the fun-filled weekend Sunday, November 5, with the Second Annual Motorcycle Poker Run sponsored by Buddy Stubbs Harley Davidson, Law Tigers and The Roadhouse.

Find details on all of the 2017 Wild West Days events in this issue of CITYSunTimes, and keep current with the latest information at and

Wild West Days 2016 Aims To Entertain

Jam-packed schedule kicks off November 2

Mark your calendar for the 13th Annual Cave Creek Wild West Days event set for Wednesday through Sunday, November 2 through November 6 to experience rousing fun with family and friends.

The popular event kicks off with a bull riding event and dance at 7:30pm on Wednesday, November 2, at The Buffalo Chip. On Thursday, November 3, Harold’s Cave Creek Corral will host a fun Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction. The bidding starts at 7:30pm with live music at 9pm. Registration will be online at for entries for the bachelor and bachelorette participants, along with information regarding bidding.

Friday night, November 4, features a new, lively Battle of the Bars bull riding competition at The Buffalo Chip and a Ms. Wild West Days contest. The fun starts at 6pm and the friendly competition challenges local restaurants, bars and other merchants to put together a team comprised of up to five professional bull riders and also enter one woman to compete in the Ms. Wild West Days contest that evening. Single and married ladies 21 and over who are passionate about Cave Creek are also encouraged to enter the Ms. Wild West Days contest.

Another new activity this year is a separate motorcycle run that will take riders out of town at 8:30am on Saturday, November 5.

The event’s lively parade starts at 9am on Saturday on the west side of town by Cave Creek Town Hall and travels east to Harold’s Corral ending at 11am. Merchants throughout town will host a number of mini-events and activities after the parade on Saturday including a half-pie eating contest, and special performances from award-winning re-enactment group, The Prescott Regulators & Their Shady Ladies at Frontier Town; pig races, Cow Pie Bingo and a cornhole tournament at Harold’s Corral; and mutton bustin’ (kids riding sheep) and a special performance by Jan Marrou, “Legends of the West” at The Buffalo Chip.

On Sunday, November 6, a Poker Trail Ride will start at Harold’s Corral with a continental breakfast and take horseback riders along a trail to collect five cards making up a poker hand. The ride will end at The Buffalo Chip where prizes will be given for Best Hand and Worst Hand and participants will also enjoy a barbecue lunch. The Prescott Regulators & Their Shady Ladies will also perform again on Sunday at Frontier Town.

Before and during the Wild West Days event, the Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association (CCMEA) will sell tickets to eligible adults for a special gun raffle. Cave Creek Armory is providing a variety of pistols and shotguns ranging in value from $450 to $1,000, and raffle winners will receive a gift certificate to pick up the guns from there. Tickets will be sold for $20 with proceeds benefiting CCMEA. The winners will be announced on Sunday after the Poker Trail Ride.

Admission to Cave Creek Wild West Days is free. The Town will close one lane of Cave Creek Road for the parade on Saturday and a shuttle will provide service from the east to the west side of town.

For more information about the 13th Annual Cave Creek Wild West Days, email, call 480.437.1110, or visit

10th Annual Wild West Days Rides Into Town

WWD LogoIt’s a western extravaganza, as Wild West Days, Arizona’s famed western venue rolls into the Town of Cave Creek from October 31 – November 3. The four-day festival features non-stop family entertainment of mutton bustin’, period costume competition, music, period vendors, a non-motorized western parade, various horse-related activities and other festivities. The 2013 Wild West Days theme focuses on embracing the importance of keeping the West alive from the horse’s perspective. The title sponsor is Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln on Bell Road.

This year’s Wild West Days features the third annual Gun Down by Sundown by Six Gun Entertainment, LLC. The two-day event will feature gunfighter groups from throughout the West that will perform in a gunfight competition November 2-3 throughout each day.

Other exciting Wild West Days activities include:

  • Cowpokes ‘n Little Folks
  • Bathtub races (Saturday)
  • Pig races (Saturday)
  • Thieves Market
  • Arizona Cowboy Mounted Shooters
  • Wild West bull fest
  • Headlining country music at many locations throughout the town all weekend

Visitors will also experience arena events, mechanical bull riding, Miss Wild West Days and more. During Saturday’s activities, one side of Cave Creek Road will be closed to vehicular traffic. Only wagons, horses and foot traffic will be permitted. In addition, the Town of Cave Creek will challenge the City of Scottsdale as the West’s most western town. Visitors will have the chance to see Cave Creek Mayor Vincent Francia challenge Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane to a quick draw shootout on November 2 at noon at the Horny Toad; Cave Creek Vice Mayor Adam Trenk and his town posse will challenge Scottsdale Vice Mayor Suzanne Klapp and her council to a round of horse soccer at the Hogs & Horses area at 1pm and Cave Creek Town Clerk Carrie Dyrek will challenge Scottsdale City Clerk Carolyn Jagger to an old fashioned pig race at Harold’s Corral at 3pm.

Wild West Days is an annual experience hosted by the Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association. For an updated list of scheduled events and activities, visit

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