Jun 132014

By Linda Kor

Holbrook’s 32nd annual Wild West Days celebration is just weeks away and promises more excitement than ever. This event pays homage to Holbrook’s rough and rowdy western heritage, and will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12.

Featured in this event is the Ace In The Hole Barbecue competition that spotlights professional barbecue teams from throughout the country. The teams will be competing for $5,000 in prize money and will be providing excellent barbecue for sale for the public to enjoy.

Annual favorites at the celebration include the Bucket of Blood Races, the Gunslinger Car Show, and performances by the Bucket of Blood Re-Enactors, Native American dancers and Mexican dancers.

In addition, the Holbrook Regional Art Alliance will be hosting an art show featuring local artists and The Dusty Desert Quilt Guild will have handcrafted quilts on display throughout the two-day event. There will also be vendors on the courthouse lawn selling food, jewelry, art and more.

This year the city will be teaming up with the Navajo County Fairgrounds to host the first ever Wild West Days Open Junior Rodeo. This rodeo is for kids ages 3 to 18, and will involve a number of events. For more information, call the fair office at (928) 524-4757.

Other events for kids will include pony rides and games.

Also taking place will be Holbrook’s Got Talent for those who want to take their talents to the stage.

This year the Gunslinger Car Show will have everything from muscle cars to vintage cars on display, as well as a burnout contest, a poker run and a “Betty” contest for the woman with the best 1950s look.

The weekend will also feature the Bucket of Blood Races. The races will include a half-marathon, a 10K and a 20-mile bicycle race.

For more information on Wild West Days events, contact the Holbrook Chamber of Commerce at 524-6225.