Gen. Crook's Pioneer Days

Culture, History and Authentic Southwestern Art Comes to Camp Verde

Camp Verde is celebrating General Crook's Pioneer Days this Sept. 17-18 in the newly enhanced downtown. Unique in many ways, General Crook's Pioneer Day's portrays a rich Arizona history.

General Crook's Pioneer Days will offer a weekend of fun and entertainment for the entire family. Festivities include the annual Mule & Donkey Show that features mules and donkeys competing in a variety of events, a tractor pull competition, kiddie tractor pull competition for the children (tractor provided), an antique engine and tractor show, country & western music, a Dutch oven cook-off competition, free birthday cake for General Crook, and plenty of Dutch oven prepared food including a Dutch oven dinner and dance. Advance tickets on sale now. There will also be a full service beer garden.

General Crook's Pioneer Days is focused on the early pioneer settlers in Camp Verde and Arizona, including General George Crook, who is celebrating his 177th birthday this year. While attending the festival, you can learn more about early pioneer living.

For additional information on General Crook's Pioneer Days or to purchase tickets to the Dutch oven dinner, please contact the Camp Verde Parks & Recreation Department at (928) 567-0535, ext. 135 or visit the Web at www.cvaz.org.

Mules & Donkeys Can Do More

Western folklore and legend portrays the American Quarter Horse as a cowboy's best friend - punching cattle, traveling trails, and performing the many duties needed by the western cowboy.

Sept. 17-18 the Pioneer Days Mule & Donkey Show, located in downtown Camp Verde, will demonstrate to spectators that mules and donkeys can do more. The Mule & Donkey Show has become a tradition with the Pioneer Days event, which portrays many southwest traditions. There will also be a Gun & Knife Show in conjunction with this event.

Exhibitors participating in the Mule Show will compete in a variety of events including packing and trail competitions, halter classes, western pleasure classes, obstacle driving, & coon jumping. Sunday will feature mystery classes, flag races and more. And, be prepared to experience The Fast Ass Express.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Pioneer Days Mule & Donkey Show and experience authentic western heritage where you will find out for yourselves why mules and donkeys can do more.

The show will be located in beautiful uptown Camp Verde at the site of Fort Verde Historic State Park located at 125 E. Hollamon St., (928) 567-3275

For more information, please contact the Camp Verde Parks & Recreation office at (928) 567-0535, ext. 135 or visit www.cvaz.org.

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