March 16 Parade Kicks Off Two Weekends of Cave Creek Rodeo Days Events

Now in its 42nd year, Cave Creek Rodeo Days will take place March 22–24 at Cave Creek Memorial Arena, offering three days of thrilling PRCA rodeo performances featuring top-ranking Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association (PRCA) and Women’s Professional Rodeo Association contestants.

This year’s festivities kick off Saturday, March 16, with the Cave Creek Rodeo Days Parade. Sponsored by Wells Fargo, the parade starts at 9am on the west side of town by Cave Creek Town Hall and travels east to Harold’s Corral ending at approximately 11am. The fun continues that day at The Buffalo Chip Saloon with Mutton Bustin’ at 1pm (sign up is at noon). The Buffalo Chip Saloon is also sponsoring the Kick-Off Dance that night.

This year’s grand marshals for the parade are three PBR cowboys, who are sure to set the tone for an entertaining morning featuring horseback riders, draft hitches, floats, unique automobiles, rodeo royalty, clubs, organizations, bands, trick riders, clowns and other decorative and patriotic entries.

“We’re very excited that The Shriners will be involved this year…their entry is like a parade within a parade,” said Kristin Lewis, parade coordinator and owner of Sage Medical Company.

The parade will have seven announcing stations located at Local Johnny’s, Big Earl’s Greasy Eats, Frontier Town, the Kiwanis Marketplace, Outlaws, The Buffalo Chip and Harold’s Corral. Each entry will be announced as they pass by each station.

Sanderson Ford is the 2019 title sponsor. For complete Rodeo Days information, visit www.cavecreekrodeo.com.

Cave Creek Restaurants & Area Businesses To Host July Fireworks Extravaganza

Celebrate Independence Day early at one of the Valley’s biggest parties. Cave Creek’s spectacular “3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza” takes place after sunset Monday, July 3, and is being hosted by Harold’s Corral, 6895 East Cave Creek Road; Roadhouse, 6900 East Cave Creek Road; and The Buffalo Chip Saloon, 6811 East Cave Creek Road, in Cave Creek.

The festive, family-friendly celebration starts at 5pm with live music, children’s activities, food and drink specials at all three restaurants and great seating to view the fireworks, which begin after sunset behind Harold’s. A free shuttle service will be available to transport people around town from 6pm to midnight.

With the help of Rural Metro, the fireworks are safely shot off from a hill behind Harold’s, making the largest display in Cave Creek one of the most exhilarating shows in the Valley. Admission is free at all three restaurants with open seating, first come first serve. At Harold’s Corral, reserved seats outside are available for $15 for a two-top, $20 for a four-top and $35 for a 10-top. Live music will be a highlight, with the Crown Kings playing inside from 8:30pm–1am, and Hillbilly Deluxe energizing the crowd outside from 7–11:30pm. While admission is free at Harold’s, it does not include game zone activities or food. The outside bar and BBQ will be cash only, and ATMs will be onsite. Guests to Harold’s also can help the Foothills Food Bank by donating canned goods or money. Those making a donation that night will be entered to win a prize.

Carefree Resort & Conference Center and the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce are also supporting the event as sponsors. Patrons are encouraged to take a staycation and spend the weekend exploring the many shops, boutiques, art galleries and restaurants in the area. Carefree Resort & Conference Center is offering discounted room rates for the holiday weekend. For more details, call 480.488.5300 or visit www.carefree-resort.com.​

For more information about the “3rd of July Fireworks Extravaganza,” contact Harold’s Corral at 480.488.1906 or www.haroldscorral.com; the Roadhouse at 480.488.3300 or www.hideawayroadhouse.com; or The Buffalo Chip Saloon at 480.488.9118 or www.buffalochipsaloon.com.

 

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 www.frontiertownaz.com.

Celebrate Independence Day Cave Creek-Style!

The Town of Cave Creek’s spectacular 3rd of July Fireworks Display takes place at sunset on Thursday, July 3, and is being hosted by Harold’s Corral, 6895 East Cave Creek Road, The Buffalo Chip Saloon, 6811 East Cave Creek Road, and Cave Creek Tap Haus, 6900 East Cave Creek Road. The festive, family-friendly celebration starts at 5pm with live music, kid’s activities, food and drink specials at all three restaurants and great seating to view the fireworks, which begin at sunset behind Harold’s.

​The event is also co-sponsored by Carefree Resort & Conference Center, which is offering rates for the holiday weekend starting at $89, a breakfast buffet for $12.95 and an hourly shuttle for guests. ​Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association is also supporting the event as a sponsor.

For details about reserved seating​, contact Harold’s Corral at 480.488.1906 or www.haroldscorral.com; The Buffalo Chip Saloo​n at 480.488.9118 or www.buffalochipsaloon.com and Cave Creek Tap Haus at 480.488.3300 or www.cavecreektaphaus.com.

​To learn more about Carefree Resort & Conference Center’s special rates, call 480.488-5300 or visit www.carefree-resort.com.​

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