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60th Annual Fort Verde Days happening this weekend


CAMP VERDE – The 60th Annual Fort Verde Days will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Oct. 7-9. This year’s theme is ‘The 60s – Let’s Go to The Hop’. Camp Verde Promotions is proudly presenting the 60th Annual Fort Verde Days, which is Camp Verde’s longest running event. 

The opening ceremony and festivities will begin on Friday, at 4p.m., on the soccer field located at 75 North Hollamon Street, behind the Town Hall. The carnival fun will get underway and continue until 11p.m. Saturday’s carnival hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday’s hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Carnival tickets are $25 at the gate. 

Brand new this year is the Sock Hop event, which will feature music from the 1950-60s. The Annual Cornhole Competition will be held on Friday and Saturday evenings, from 6-9 p.m.

Saturday’s festivities begin at 7a.m. with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast in the Community Center Kitchen. The festivities continue until 10a.m., when the parade begins at Bashas’ on Finnie Flat and continues on up Main Street. The Lion’s Club will be holding their annual Car Show at Rio Plaza on Main Street on Saturday from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Hance House, 1933 Jail, Historical Museum and Archeological Center will be open for viewing.
There will also be a Jail-A-Thon on Saturday; warrants for your favorite persons can be obtained at the Visitor Center/Museum at 435 S Main Street for a minimum of $5.

On Saturday, at 9 a.m., the Fort will have its flag-raising ceremony, and the day will continue with living history re-enactors, presentation of Colonel’s Daughter, military drills, a vintage baseball game, fashion show, orienteering, living history presentations, including Dr. Sam Palmer’s “The Battle of Big Dry Wash”, and more. Events on Sunday will begin again at 9 a.m. with the flag-raising and continue until the Flag Retreat Ceremony at 2 p.m. There will be free admission to the Fort all weekend.

A Quilt Show and Fabric Boutique will be held in the gym on Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., there will also be an Artisan Gallery held in the Sesquicentennial Park on Main Street.

Be sure to check out the scarecrows around town at various businesses on Main Street, as they are all entered in a Scarecrow Contest. You can vote for your favorite one; votes cost a nickel. Half the money collected will be held for the benefit of the Fort, and the remaining half goes to the business. The ten most popular scarecrows will be brought to the Ramada on Saturday and put on display for further voting to determine the three best scarecrows.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase, including a beer garden that will be on-site for all three days. Shuttle service will be available from 12-8p.m. on Saturday and will run approximately every 20 minutes from the Bashas’ (formerly Alco) parking lot on Finnie Flat Rd, through town and stop at the corner of Main and Hollamon.

Fort Verde Days is presented by the volunteers of Camp Verde Promotions. For more information about the event, call (928) 301-0922, or visit