As the saying goes, ‘The third time round is a charm,’ and the Queen Creek Roots & Boots Rodeo is gearing up for another exciting event March 7-10. Participants from around the state and across the country are expected to participate. The rodeo will be held at Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Center located at 20464 E. Riggs Road.
Roots and Boots Rodeo is a signature event for the Town of Queen Creek which celebrates the history, culture and rural heritage of the community. It is a culmination of hard work and dedication by hardworking volunteers and Friends of Horseshoe Park, a registered 501c3 nonprofit. This will be the third year for the rodeo, but only the second year that the rodeo will be put on entirely by the nonprofit.
According to Jon Wooten, president of the Friends of Horseshoe Park, organizers are adding several new events that will include a weekend kick-off on Thursday, March 7 with the Golden West Cowgirls, an “Xtreme Teen Rodeo” on Friday evening, a Draft Horse & Mule Show on Saturday, and a Mounted Shooter Exhibition on Sunday.
These events are in addition to the carnival and all fun already scheduled in the Family Rodeo events such as Mutton Bustin’, Pig Races, Ranch Dressing Contest, sorting, stick horse races, and the PRCA rodeo with roping, barrel racing, bronc and bull riding.
Sponsors for the 2013 rodeo include Saba’s, Justin Sports, Town of Queen Creek, Banner Ironwood and a variety of other local businesses as well as a multitude of vendors who will provide games, carnival rides and finger-lickin’ fair food. There is still time to become a sponsor. Businesses or organizations that are interested should call (602) 300-4488 and leave a message.
Wooten also said that in order for the 2013 rodeo to be a success additional volunteers are a resource that the rodeo is desperately in need of. Volunteers help events run smoothly and are needed in every area. Nonprofits, community organizations, and residents are all encouraged to join in the fun.
“All together, the volunteers work really well as a team,” Wooten said. “We are excited for this year’s rodeo and welcome the community to come out and experience the excitement of rodeo.”
For more information, visit www.qcrodeo.org or call (480) 358-3710.
• Bridgette Crosby is a writer who lives in and loves the Queen Creek/San Tan Valley area. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.