By Linda Kor
With spring in the air the time has come once again to plan for Holbrook’s annual Wild West Days. This year’s weekend event celebrating Holbrook’s western heritage will be held July 12 and 13, but planning for such a rapidly growing event begins months in advance. Chamber Director Kathleen Smith met with committee members March 21 to discuss plans for the two-day event.
Wild West Days will once again be hosting the Ace in the Hole BBQ Contest where more than 35 professional barbecue teams will compete for prize money and trophies. This year the overall champion of the event will automatically be entered into the World Food Championships scheduled in October in Las Vegas, Nev. Only select barbecue teams from around the world come together to determine the best of the best at the Nevada event.
Those interested in taking on the rugged terrain of the Bucket of Blood races can do so by signing up now at Active.com. The event will include a half marathon, a 20-mile bike race, a 10K trail run and a two-mile family fun run, with entry fees ranging from $20 to $40 including breakfast and T-shirt.
It wouldn’t be a Holbrook event without a unique combination of the Old West and Route 66. To fit the bill the Bucket of Blood Re-Enactors will be performing during the weekend and the Gearheads Car Club will be showing off some classy rides as well. Other activities will include local performers and musical entertainment, vendors, and rodeo and barrel racing events throughout the weekend at the Navajo County Fairgrounds.
Volunteers make this signature event for Holbrook possible, as well as sponsors, vendors and participants. Those interested in participating in Wild West Days or becoming sponsors can contact Kathleen Smith at (928) 524-6225.
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By Linda Kor