Jun 272014

By Linda Kor

Holbrook’s Wild West Days are just a few weeks away and there are lots of exciting activities planned. The event will be held on Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12, in downtown Holbrook.

The Holbrook Regional Arts Alliance Art Show will be held in the Stars building across from the historic courthouse. Organizers are looking for artists interested in displaying their work in any medium. For more information, call Chris Olthouse at (928) 241-8340.

Locals will also get a chance to show off their talent at the annual talent show held during Wild West Days. Signups are taking place now by calling Kathleen Smith at 524-6225. All participants will have their names entered into a drawing for prizes.

Break out the vintage wardrobe and take part in the Gearheads Car Club Betty Contest. Ladies are invited to don their best ensemble representing an era of the automobile from the 1920s to 1970s to earn honors as the “Betty” of the show. The contest will take place at the car show at Hunt Park.

Those wanting to take part in the Bucket of Blood Races on July 12 can sign up at Active.com. The races will include a half-marathon, a 10K and a 20-mile bicycle race. The top finishers in each age bracket will receive awards. For those who preregister the cost is $55 for the half-marathon, $40 for the bike race and $35 for the 10K.

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 524-4757.

It wouldn’t be Wild West Days without the Ace in the Hole BBQ and this year visitors will get to make their choice for the finest barbecue with the People’s Choice Award. Tickets will be on sale to sample some delicious barbecue, as well as buy delicious barbecue from the various teams.

Added to all this will be entertainment, vendors, food and plenty to see and do.