Fri, Feb. 21

Stampede: welcome back to Camp Verde Main Street

Enjoy Stampede, Boots, Broncs and Bulls this weekend, a special kick-off event encouraging the community back to Main Street Camp Verde.

The first official tour destination of the Angry American Rough Stock Tour, this fun western rodeo will be held behind Town Hall Friday and Saturday nights plus a Kids' Rodeo Saturday afternoon.

"This is the Town's way of welcoming folks back to our Main Street; to hopefully recognize all the work that has been done and will be done in the future," explained Town Manager Bill Lee. "And we hope to get a renewed interest in vacant property along Main Street."

Expect exciting rodeo events both days, April 23 and 24, starting at 6 p.m., followed by a dance with live music performed by Jess & Jessica, 9 to midnight.

Similar to Bob Weir's yearly Bull Bash, the Stampede adds rough stock events like bareback and saddle bronco riding plus bull riding, open to both professionals and amateurs.

Enjoy merchant vendor booths, including the Artisans' Galleria, Coach Bob Weir's popular clown antics and special guest appearances by Miss Rodeo Arizona and Miss Turquoise Circuit. The Athletics' Department will provide quick-and-easy foods; the Kiwanis Club will offer beef barbecue dinners at $7 or sandwiches for $4. There's steer, calf, sheep and stick horse riding events at the Kids' Rodeo at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Entry fees vary; youngsters must enter no later than 1:30 p.m.

Assistant Parks and Recreation Director Lynda Moore said the town's new rodeo arena has arrived and will also make its debut this weekend along with the Stampede. Stadium seating for 1,500 is expected and shuttles provided from Bashas', if necessary.

"The whole idea is to bring people back to Main Street," says Trapper Moore, who has been working with merchants like Louis Rezzonico with Camp Verde Feeds, Coach Weir, Lynda Moore, and the Kiwanis, with event details. "We're inviting local merchants to participate to hand out information and to set up booths to direct people to their stores in or near Main Street."

He said that independent travel writers, who contribute to High Roads Magazine, the Arizona Republic, Phoenix Magazine, Las Vegas Daily Review, the Bride Magazine, True West and the Broker Agent Magazine, are invited and will receive a special VIP tour of town.

Buy one pass in advance for the Stampede and dance, $10 for adults and $5 for children. It's $7/adults and $3/children, in advance, for the Stampede alone. Dance tickets sold separately at $5 each. Purchase them at the Camp Verde Feeds in Camp Verde, The Cowboy Shop in Cottonwood and the Corral West in Prescott, Payson and Flagstaff. The Kids' rodeo is $3 for adults; $1 for youngsters (sorry no advance tickets), plus appropriate entry fees for those youngsters participating.

Sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department; the Camp Verde High School Athletics Department and local merchants, half the profits go to the Athletics' Department and the other half to the town for merchant-related projects.

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