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Wild West Days of Cave Creek returns Oct. 29

Katlyn Ewens~ 10/22/2014

CAVE CREEK – Arizona’s largest western celebration is back!  Wild West Days will be held from Oct. 29 – Nov. 2.

A new addition to Wild West Days this year is the family friendly Stagecoach Village Family Fun Zone and Live Western Bands.  This family fun zone will have many vendors, including Origami Owl, Vacation Village Resorts, and Cutco Cutlery.  Food trucks such as Wyly Coyote Concessions and Sonoran Hotdogs will also be selling food.  Different bands will be playing each day, including local band Rusty Pistols on Saturday afternoon.  For children, there will also be moon bounces and a trackless train. This Family Fun Zone will be open all day Saturday and Sunday.

“We are so excited to kick off the new owners of Stagecoach Village,” Terri Harris said, who is running the Fun Zone.

Wild West Days will be full of different events starting on Wednesday, Oct. 29.  The festivities start with the Bachelor and Bachelorette Auction, a charitable event. This auction will take place at the Buffalo Chip Saloon and Steakhouse.

Thursday morning there will be a Wild West Days Golf Tournament and a Meet and Greet with the Ms. Wild West Days contestants.

Friday night there will be a Wild West Gala at The Stagecoach. This gala will be catered by Grilled Addiction and the band Cowboy UP! will be performing. Tickets are $55 for individuals and $100 for couples and are available online.

Saturday’s events will begin at 11 a.m. with the non-motorized Wild West Days Parade through downtown Cave Creek.  Johnny Ringo, creator of WWD, chose the Cartwright Family as Grand Marshal of the parade in order to show gratitude and appreciation for the family who helped settle the West.  The parade will have at least 10 wagons sponsored by many local organizations including Arizona Restaurant Association, Spur Cross Stables, Desert Foothills Plumbing, and more. 

Following the parade, there will be Mutton Bustin’ at the Buffalo Chip Saloon and Steakhouse. This is a version of bull riding for children. These children will ride on muttons for as long as they can.

“Sometimes these mutton will trip and do a somersault and when they come back up, these kids are still holding on!” Ringo said.

Pig racing is another exciting event in which sponsored pigs will race and individuals will be able to bet on which pig will be named the “Fastest Pig in the West.”

Bathtub races are back this year!  The only requirements are that it looks like a tub and has brakes!  These sponsored bathtubs will be racing through Frontier Town at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

The Ms. Wild West Days event will close up Saturday at 7 p.m.  Everyone can come to Harold’s Corral to cheer on these ladies and see who is crowned this year’s Ms. Wild West Days.

Sunday, the last day, will include the second day of Stagecoach Village Family Fun Zone.  Pioneer Pepper and the Sunset Pioneers, local band, will be performing all day Sunday at Stagecoach Village!

“There’s a little cowboy in all of us, dust off your hat and books, and come out to Wild West Days 2014,” Ringo suggests.

For more information, visit wildwestdayscavecreek.com.