Put on your boots and your cowboy hat, wear your chaps and practice saying 'yee-hah!" to have the best experience at Wild West Days in Cave Creek. In 2012 Wild West Days celebrates its 10th annual event. The main charities that will benefit are the Triple R horse rescue, the Cave Creek Museum, The Rett Syndrome Foundation, Horse Rhythm and the 100 Club of Arizona, as well as other horse-related organizations.
When is Taste of Cave Creek?Friday, November 2 through Sunday, November 4, 2012
Where does the festival take place?Various locations in Cave Creek. That's about 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix.
How do I get tickets and how much are they?Most of the activities, except for those like the dinner and golf tournament, are free admission for spectators. Of course, bring cash for food concessions and don't forget to support the vendors and local merchants that allow this to be a free admission event.
Are discounted tickets offered?Not that I know of.
What else should I know?The event kicks off with a golf tournament at Rancho Manana Golf Club. On Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. tickets are available to purchase ($115 each) for The Cowboy Gathering, a dinner to benefit the Cave Creek Museum at Cave Creek Tap Haus. Along with dinner, there will be live entertainment and artwork, presented by celebrities and some of Arizona's western talent.
Wild West Days features many other signature events, including: Live country music; The Mounted Shooters Competition; Mutton Bustin’ (registration required to participate); Miss Wild West Days; Wild West Days Parade; Bathtub Races (registration required to race); Wild West Bull Fest Live Bull Riding; Pig Races; other horse-related activities. You can see the schedule of events online.
The Walk for 100 will take place on Saturday, November 3, 2012 starting at 9:30 a.m. Check-in starts at 7 a.m. behind the Cave Creek Post Office at School House Rd. You must be at least 18 years old to participate and registration is required. The cost for the Walk is $15 per person, which includes a donation to The 100 Club, and a free Chuckwagon Breakfast at The Buffalo Chip immediately following. Walkers may also purchase a Commemorative Walk for 100 t-shirt.
This year’s Wild West Days again includes "Gun Down by Sundown." Led by the town’s entertainment company, Six Gun Entertainment, LLC, gunfighter groups from throughout the West will perform in a gunfight competition all day long on both Saturday and Sunday. The final performance will feature a special centennial show in honor of Arizona’s 100-year anniversary.
New in 2012: The Cowpokes ‘n Little Folks Corral (west lot of Frontier Town) will offer ongoing activities for kids from ages three to 12, including a parade, storytelling, sing-a-longs, western performances, gold panning, shooting gallery and stuntman lessons.
What if I have more questions?For more information, visit Cave Creek Wild West Days online.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.