Mon, May 20

General Crook’s Pioneer Days returns to Camp Verde

Join Camp Verde in celebrating General Crook’s Pioneer Days on Sept. 11-12 at the community center in the newly enhanced downtown Camp Verde. Festivities will begin each day at 9 a.m.

Unique in many ways, General Crook’s Pioneer Day’s portrays a rich Arizona history, while highlighting the intriguing Native American cultures of Arizona.

General Crook’s Pioneer Days will offer a weekend of fun and entertainment for the entire family. Festivities include the annual Mule Show, a tractor pull competition, kiddie tractor pull competition for the children (tractor provided), an antique engine and tractor show, country & western music, Native American entertainment, a native American/Western Art show featuring renowned artists, a Dutch oven cook-off competition, free birthday cake for General Crook, and plenty of Dutch oven prepared food including a full service beer garden.

General Crook’s Pioneer Days is focused around the early pioneer settlers in Camp Verde and Arizona, including General George Crook, who is celebrating his 176th birthday this year. While attending the festival, you can learn more about early pioneer living and Native American culture. One of the highlights of the event will be the performances provided by the Yavapai-Apache Nation, including bird singing, gourd singing, bird dancing and authentic craftsmanship.

The cost of admission to the Native American/Western Art Show is $2 per person (children under 12 admitted free), and the remainder of the festivities are free to the general public.

Escape the summer heat to enjoyable temperatures in beautiful Camp Verde, and indulge in Arizona’s "pioneer" history and culture.

For additional information on General Crook’s Pioneer Days or to purchase tickets to the Dutch oven dinner, contact the Camp Verde Parks & Recreation Department at (928) 567-0535, Ext. 134, or on the Web at