Tue, Feb. 25

Editorial: Summer doldrums have passed; it's party time in the Verde Valley

Especially when you edit a publication such as our own Kudos do you realize how empty the Verde Valley's social calendar is between July 4 and Labor Day.

Some say it's because a significant number of the Valley's elderly population relocates to cooler confines. Others say local events and activities dry up because it's just too darned hot. Whatever the reason, we take a break - perhaps well-deserved - between July 4 and Labor Day.

But, oh boy, turn the page on the calendar to Sept. 1 and we take fun to the other extreme. There's not a weekend that will go by now for several months that does not have at least one feature event designed to attract locals and tourists alike.

This weekend, we have the AZ Rhythm & Ribs Country Music Festival at the Cottonwood Kids Park and Saturday Clarkdale will close out its season of Concerts in the Park with Aces N Eights.

The following week we have Patriot Day in Camp Verde Sept. 11, Fiesta del Tlaquepaque in Sedona Sept. 13 and the Sedona Psychic Fair Sept. 14.

Sept. 19-20, Thunder Valley Rally returns to Cottonwood while the Village of Oak Creek plays host to its annual Celtic Festival.

We close out the month with the Sedona Winefest and Verde River Day the weekend of Sept. 27 and one day later is the annual Colonel's Daughter Competition at Fort Verde State Historic Park.

October continues the frenetic pace with the Sedona Book Festival, Early Settler's Day, Clarktober Fest, Sedona Pioneer Picnic, Fort Verde Days, Sedona Arts Festival, Jerome Spook Night, the Sedona Main Street Paint Out, Sedona Pumpkin Splash, Sedona Plein Air Festival, ASA Cottonwood Classic Softball Tournament at Riverfront Park and the Cottonwood Fall Festival at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds.

Obviously, more than enough to keep you busy.

Some contend we don't do a very good job of scheduling these events; that we pack too many activities into too few days and we minimize the potential of all of them.

Others will say such jam-packed weekends of fun actually fuel the fire of tourism for folks to see all that the Verde Valley has to offer. Certainly, the hope is that when you have two-three big events in different towns in the Verde Valley on the same weekend, one would complement the other.

Whatever the case, never let it be said that we do not know how to throw a party in the Verde Valley.

So, start marking your calendars, there is no shortage of fun in the Verde Valley.

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