General Crook's Pioneer Days

Staff photo by Carol Keefer

THERE is a stronger emphasis on the Yavapais and Apaches and their artifacts.

What's a pioneer event without Dutch oven cooking. The Dutch-Oven cookoff begins Saturday morning in the slow-cooking style of yesteryear. Samplings will be available all day, plus there's a Dutch oven dinner/dance Saturday night.

Because Pioneer Days falls on Sept. 11, take in a special 9/11 Patriot Day Remembrance program on Saturday behind Town Hall.

"This ceremony will not only honor those who have died, but also those who live and continue to fight for the freedom of this great nation," said Keith Tucker, American Legion commander.

Here's the lineup . . .

SATURDAY:

• Mule show (7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fort Verde's parade grounds)

• Tractor pull and kiddy tractor pull competitions (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; community field)

• Tractor parade (1 p.m., community field)

• Indian/western art show, $2/adults, children free; (9 a.m. to 5 p.m., community gym)

• Antique engine and tractor show (9 a.m. to 3 p.m., community field)

• General Crook's birthday Party (noon, Fort Verde's headquarters).

• 9/11 Patriot Day remembrance ceremony, (noon, community field)

• Country and western music (throughout day)

• Native American entertainment (throughout day)

• Dutch-oven cook-off; samplings ($1 each, throughout day)

• Dutch-oven dinner, 7 p.m., below Ramada, $10 (reservations preferred)

• Dinner/dance, Hired Hands Band, 7-11 p.m., below Ramada

SUNDAY:

• Mule Show (8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fort Verde's parade grounds)

• Antique engine and tractor show (starts 9 a.m., community field)

• Tractor pull and kiddy tractor pull competitions (9 a.m. to noon)

• Indian/western art show (community gym, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), $2 adults/children free

• Country and western music (throughout day)

• Native American entertainment (throughout day)

For more information, call Candy Hammond, Parks and Recreation, 567-0535, Ext. 134, or Trapper Moore at the Chamber of Commerce, 567-9294.

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