In 2005, the US Senate gave the “cowboy” his own day and it is only fitting that the people of Apache Junction and Pinal County celebrate it, as the cowboy and the Old West has played a very large role in the history of this area in the Western United States.
The Day of the Cowboy will be celebrated in Apache Junction, Superior, Gold Canyon and other Pinal County towns July 25-26th, 2009. These celebrations will pull out all the stops in celebration of the American Cowboy and Old West way of life.
Apache Junction’s celebration will take place at the Goldfield Ghost Town. Just four and a half miles northeast of the city sits the only authentic 1800’s ghost town in the Valley. The town is the perfect place to celebrate the old way of life and you can join in the festivities from 8 am to 5 pm on Saturday, July 25th. Various events will take place include the Earp-Holiday Mustache and Beard Contest, gunfights, a longhorn cattle exhibit, a medicine show, and street acts/skits and hourly gunfights. For the kids, head to the Kids Korral for straw calf roping, stick horse racing and more.
If you want to start your cowboy celebrations a little earlier, then you can visit Gold Canyon on the evening of the 24th at the Gold Canyon Golf Resort where you’ll find Celebrity Dealer Casino night. Throughout the weekend you can also enjoy golf, vendors, artisans, cowboy cookouts, and more.
Finally, Superior will take part in the festivities by celebrating by holding a Parade of the Vaqueros, a Mexican Marketplace and Fiesta complete with food, dancing and entertaining. You can even join in the Cantina Tequila Testing if you’re feeling particularly brave.
No matter where you plan to celebrate your Cowboy weekend, you’ll find plenty of activities, entertainment, good food and fun all over Pinal County.