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Cave Creek Wild West Days seeking parade entrants and competition contestants


CAVE CREEK – Organizers of this year’s 13th Annual Cave Creek Wild West Days event are seeking parade entrants, poker ride participants, contestants for the Miss Wild West Days event, Battle of the Bars team entries for a bull riding competition, single participants for the Bachelor/Bachelorette auction, and more.

Hosted by the Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association (CCMEA), Cave Creek Wild West Days is set for Nov. 2-6. The popular event kicks off with a bull riding event on Nov. 2 at the Buffalo Chip. On Nov. 3, Harold’s Corral will host a Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction with proceeds benefiting CCMEA. Nov. 4 features a Battle of the Bars bull riding competition at the Buffalo Chip and a Miss Wild West Days contest.

Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction

On Thursday, Nov. 3, Harold’s Cave Creek Corral will host a fun Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction. Proceeds benefit CCMEA and are split evenly between Desert Foothills Land Trust, Cave Creek Rodeo and the town’s 4th of July Fireworks celebration. The bidding starts at 7 p.m. with live music at 9 p.m. For more details about the Bachelor/Bachelorette auction and other events, call (480) 437-1110 or email

Parade & Poker Ride

The event’s lively parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5. This year’s Grand Marshals for the parade include Dolan Ellis, Marshall Trimble, Bob Boze Bell, Pet Corpstein, Jan Marrou, and Arizona Legends. A separate Motorcycle Run also starts at 9 a.m. but will take riders out of town.

“Last year’s parade was phenomenal and we want to build upon that,” said parade coordinator Leslie Jensen. “People have the misconception that you need a grand purpose to be in the parade. If you want to showcase your business, passion, patriotism, special interest or just have fun, download the application on the Wild West Days website now and start planning to be a part of something pretty incredible. And, if you need help with creative ideas, contact me directly.”

Jensen is also coordinating Wild West Days’ Poker Trail Ride, which takes place on Nov. 6. The event will start at Harold’s Corral with a continental breakfast followed by a two to two and a half-hour trail ride that takes horseback riders along the route to collect five cards making up a poker hand.

“The Poker Trail Ride is a fun way to tour around Cave Creek on horseback, share camaraderie, and enjoy a delicious lunch afterwards,” she said, adding that it is open to riders of all ages.

Evelyn Johnson, CCMEA president and event chair, said volunteers are needed for a variety of roles.

“We need volunteers to be roving photographers, ambassadors to keep people informed of locations and events, guides at shuttle stops and more. This is the perfect opportunity to lend a hand and show off what Cave Creek is all about,” she said.

To download parade applications or learn more about the 13th Annual Cave Creek Wild West Days, visit