Frontier Town Celebrates Fifty Years with Wedding Giveaway to Member of the Armed Forces

Frontier Town, Cave Creek’s Western destination attraction, turns 50 years old in 2019 and plans to celebrate the milestone during the year with special events and giveaways — beginning with a free western wedding provided by Arizona Rustic Weddings.

Frontier Town and Arizona Rustic Weddings will provide a free wedding for a member of the United States Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard (active duty, reserves or National Guard members are eligible), according to Marc Peagler, general manager for Frontier Town. Entrants must meet the following requirements:

  • Member of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force or Coast Guard in active duty, reserves or National Guard
  • Submit one paper with up to 100 words, with no less than a 10-point font, sharing why the individual should win the wedding
  • Bride or groom must be an Arizona resident
  • Include name, address, phone number and email

The winner will receive the following: A free wedding for up to 50 people that includes everything from flowers and food, to a disc jockey, cake and a preacher. The following items are not included but are available: more than 50 guests, alcohol. Other restrictions may apply. The winner will have until Dec. 30, 2020, to hold their wedding.

Arizona Rustic Weddings opened at Frontier Town in 2018 and now books weddings in a beautiful, rustic atmosphere. According to Frontier Town’s wedding coordinator, Dina Piacquadio, the facility provides all inclusive, single priced wedding packages.

“We can customize any package to suit the bride and groom’s needs,” says Piacquadio. “Our dedicated staff is committed to providing a memorable, stress-free experience. We specialize in weddings and receptions at affordable prices and offer excellent service, great food and a beautiful setting that is perfect for a relaxed yet stylish western wedding event.”
Piacquadio says the venue can host up to 300 guests, has a full stage for music and announcements, a beautiful bridge over a serene pond, lighting ambience, a chapel, food and beverage service, and secluded preparation areas for the bride and groom and their respective parties, all tailored to the clients’ specific needs.

Entries for the wedding giveaway may be submitted to any business in Frontier Town, which is located at 6245 East Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek. Entries may be submitted until Sept. 2, 2019, (Labor Day). The winner will be announced Oct. 5, 2019. For additional information, call 480.488.9129 or visit

Foothills Food Bank To Accept Check Donations On Behalf Of Buffalo Chip Employees

Adopt-a-Family donors also needed for Buffalo Chip employee families

The Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center, a 501c(3) organization, has been named to accept check donations on behalf of the Buffalo Chip Employee Fund. The donations can be deposited directly at Parkway Bank, at Foothills Food Bank or during a fund-raiser planned for December 16, 5pm, at Frontier Town, 6245 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. All monetary donations will benefit Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse employees and their families who were impacted severely by the tragic fire that decimated the historic restaurant on Thanksgiving Day. According to Larry Wendt, owner of the Buffalo Chip, all check donations will directly benefit the restaurant’s families. Parkway Bank is located at 6300 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. Foothills Food Bank is located at 6038 East Hidden Valley Drive in Cave Creek.

Foothills Food Bank also seeks holiday Adopt-a-Family donors for the children and families of the than more than 100 Buffalo Chip employees who suffered upon the restaurant’s closing following the fire.

Executive director Pam DiPietro says the food bank is working to provide gifts, holiday meals and hope for the families in need. Anyone can participate in the effort. To request a donor sign-up form, email or pick up a form at Foothills Food Bank & Resource Center. Checks for the Adopt-a-Family effort are payable to Foothills Food Bank.

Cave Creek’s Frontier Town To Host Fundraiser For The Buffalo Chip Saloon

buffalochipA few days after the tragic Thanksgiving Day fire that burned down The Buffalo Chip Saloon, an iconic landmark in Cave Creek for more than six decades, town businesses, residents and patrons are rallying to support the popular restaurant’s owners and employees.

Down the street from The Chip, the owners of Frontier Town are planning a BBQ fundraiser on Wednesday, December 16, from 4-9pm. Admission and parking are free, and proceeds from the barbecue, massages, a book signing and a silent auction organized by the non-profit The Scott Foundation will be donated to a Parkway Bank account dedicated to helping employees of The Buffalo Chip.

“Our goal is to help the more than 100 employees of The Buffalo Chip who just lost their income for weeks to come. Many of them have families to support, which makes it even more difficult during the holidays,” says Marc Peagler, owner of Frontier Town.

The special fundraiser will feature hamburgers and hot dogs served by The Silver Spur Saloon for $15, with $10 going to the employee fund, live music starting at 4pm with W. Alan Hall and The Cave Creek Legends Band and more. The massages will be $10 for 10 minutes, with all proceeds going to the employee fund. In addition, Cave Creek author Tom Van Dyke will be signing copies of A Cowboy Christmas An American Tale with all profits being donated to the Buffalo Chip employee fund.

Pastor Steve Gilbertson, the pastor of the Church at the Chip, will be in attendance helping to coordinate a toy drive along with members of Cave Creek Pro Rodeo. This will be in addition to the toy drive being sponsored by Rural/Metro.

Traci Casale, president of Cave Creek Pro Rodeo, said she and the rodeo association jumped at the opportunity to help with the fundraiser.

Larry Wendt and his employees have always been supportive of the rodeo,” Casale says. “The Buffalo Chip was a 2015 Silver Buckle sponsor. They also hosted the kid’s Mutton Bustin’ event and kick-off dance this year. We hope the community will join us in helping the employees, who have children ranging in age from a newborn to 20 years old.”

Pam DiPietro, executive director of the Foothills Food Bank, also will be at the event with volunteers to accept donations of non-perishable food items, personal hygiene and toiletry items and paper goods and help sign up Buffalo Chip employees who need assistance.

Many other organizations are lending their support to coordinate the fundraiser. Frontier Town is a western-themed, family-friendly town that pays tribute to the miners, ranchers and cattlemen who settled in Cave Creek in the late 1800s. Located in the heart of Cave Creek at 6245 East Cave Creek Road, Frontier Town is just minutes from North Scottsdale.

For information about the list of toys suggested for donations or to volunteer, call 480.488.3317 or visit

Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association Plans Fundraiser For Prescott Firefighters

Last-Alarm-6.30.13The Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association (CCMEA) is planning a fundraiser to help the families of the 19 Prescott firefighters who lost their lives on June 30 in the devastating wildfire in Yarnell.

According to CCMEA president Johnny Ringo, the organization, which promotes signature events in Cave Creek and markets the desert foothills area to residents and businesses, will donate monies to the 100 Club of Arizona, which provides funds for families of the fallen. The 100 Club already has provided $15,000 to each family of the Arizona firefighters who perished. However, the organization is in need of funds and, like all Arizonans, Cave Creek wants to do all that it can to help the grief stricken families.

In addition to providing monies directly to the 100 Club, the CCMEA is partnering with Harold’s Corral and Frontier Town, which both sponsor Independence Day events on July 3 and 4, respectively, Rural Metro and Southwest Fireworks, to fundraise monies for the families and to provide a special 19 firework salute to the fallen firefighters on the evening of July 3. Rural Metro will set up a booth at Harold’s to accept donations for the families as well.

“Cave Creek business owners and residents are deeply saddened by the extreme loss in Yarnell and Prescott” says Ringo. “Our hearts go out to all of the families as we grieve together with them.”

Cave Creek Smokehouse Lights Up The Fourth

A taste of the Old West – Cave Creek Smokehouse

Get ready to celebrate our nation’s Independence Day with a bang!

Cave Creek Smokehouse & Pour House Patio will be hosting it’s traditional Fireworks Party on July 4 from 6-10pm.  Enjoy music with DJ Dex out in Frontier Town and Dan Emery, who will be playing inside the Pour House. Fireworks will begin at dusk.  Savor some delicious pulled pork BBQ outside for only $5 or go early and have dinner in the main dining room.  The event is free.

Cave Creek Smokehouse & Pour House Patio is located at 6245 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek. For more information, call 480.488.3317 or visit

Photo courtesy of Cave Creek Smokehouse
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