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Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 5:54 pm | Updated: 6:05 pm, Thu Nov 17, 2011.

Lump together a parade, carnival, craft fair, music festival and farmers market, and what do you get? Gilbert Days - the town's annual nod to its Western roots.

A slew of activities, from an outdoor dance with live bands to a mutton-busting rodeo for kids, take place over the weekend, mostly downtown.

Chelle Bullard, president of the Gilbert Promotional Corporation, which puts on the event, says parking should be worry-free for people attending Saturday's events. Parking is free at Gilbert Town Square shopping center at 1040 S. Gilbert Road, and a free shuttle will run 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday from the lot to all Gilbert Days events. See the schedule below for details.

The East Valley Tribune is a sponsor of Gilbert Days.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-6818 or azajac@evtrib.com

Gilbert Days 2011

Events are presented at locations across Gilbert and Queen Creek. For details, go to www.gilbertdays.org, unless otherwise noted.

Gilbert Days 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run and Mascot Race

When: 4:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Freestone Park, 1045 E. Juniper Road

Cost: Free to watch; $10-$30 to race, cash or check only beginning at 3:30 p.m. Friday

Information: (480) 503-6200 or www.gilbertaz.gov/parks/events-info.cfm

Carnival

When: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday

Where: Vaughn Avenue and Ash Street

Cost: Free admission. $18 for a ride wristband; $3-off coupon, good until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, available at www.gilbertdays.org

Gilbert Days Roping and Barrel Racing

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Center, 20464 E. Riggs Road, Queen Creek

Cost: Free admission

Parade

When: 9 a.m. Saturday; streets close at 8 a.m.

Where: Begins at Juniper Avenue and Gilbert Road and travels south on Gilbert Road to just south of Elliot Road, at the Gilbert Unified School District administration building.

Cost: Free

Gilbert Folk Festival

When: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Friday performances are at Bergies Coffee Roast House, 309 N. Gilbert Road; Saturday performances are at Bergies Coffee Roast House, Water Tower Park, Page Avenue and Oak Street, and Gilbert Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 119 N. Gilbert Road

Cost: Free admission

Information: (480) 279-7194 or www.higleyarts.org

Gilbert Folk Festival headliner performance with Dolan Ellis and Marshall Trimble

When: 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert

Cost: $10-$25 per ticket

Information: (480) 279-7194 or www.higleyarts.org

Craft Fair & Business Expo

When: 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Gilbert Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 119 N. Gilbert Road

Cost: Free admission

Farmers Market

When: 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Valley Metro's Gilbert Park-and-Ride, Oak Street and Page Avenue

Cost: Free admission

Lil' Dudes Rodeo

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Vaughn Avenue and Ash Street

Cost: Free admission; $10 for children 4-7 to ride a sheep and compete in other activities to earn a belt buckle prize

Dance

When: 8 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday there is live music with free admission)

Where: Vaughn Avenue and Ash Street

Cost: $10 admission after 8 p.m.; drinks available for additional cost at a cash bar

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