Pictured: Cowboys show off their showmanship skills at the Cave Creek Rodeo Days.

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41st annual Cave Creek Rodeo Days


CAVE CREEK – Mark your calendar for one of the Valley’s largest events, the 41st annual Cave Creek Rodeo Days, put on by an all-volunteer committee that is sponsored by Sanderson Ford on Bell Road. Cave Creek Rodeo Days is taking place on March 17 through March 25, at the Cave Creek Memorial Arena and other participating venues around town.

World-renowned Cervi Championship Rodeo, will be supplying championship stock for the Cave Creek Rodeo this year. The Cervi family oversees and participates in every aspect of the rodeo production.

“We cherish our Western lifestyle. Our entire community is coming together for Cave Creek Rodeo Days. This event celebrates everything we love about our Town,” said Mayor Ernie Bunch.

Cave Creek Rodeo was voted first place in the 2017 Justin Boot Best Footing Award in the Turquoise Circuit. This accolade ensures that the rodeo had the safest, most consistent ground conditions throughout the entire rodeo. It provides a safe and level playing field for the barrel racing contestants and their horses.

The three performances of the Cave Creek Rodeo will take place at the Cave Creek Memorial Arena, located at 37201 N. 28th Street.

If you would like to enjoy the 41st annual Cave Creek Rodeo Days VIP style, then check out the Stockman’s Club, which is a private area that is offered on March 23 - 25.  VIP ticket holders will receive catered food, complimentary beverages, preferred parking, and “up close to the action” seating for every PRCA performance. Tickets can be purchased on the rodeo's website for $125 per person, per day.

Tickets for Cave Creek Rodeo Days can be purchased online for $22.00 or purchased at the gate for $25.

These are some of the rodeo’s main events:

  • March 17, Parade, Mutton Bustin, Rodeo Kick-off Dance

Early Saturday morning bystanders start lining the town’s main street to catch the beginning of the Historic Western Parade that starts at 9 a.m. Several businesses will be serving breakfast along the way. Contact: Kristen Lewis 480-406-8455.

Immediately after the parade the Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse, at 6823 E. Cave Creek Road, will be hosting the mutton bustin where children, ages four to seven and weighing less than 75 pounds ride a sheep across the arena for 6 seconds to win prizes. The cost is $10 per contestant and signup begins at 11:30 a.m. with the event starting at 12:30 p.m.

Saturday evening the official kick off dance of the Cave Creek Rodeo Days is hosted by the Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse. Dancing starts at 8 p.m. and continues well into the night.

  • March 19, Cave Creek Rodeo Golf Tournament

Tatum Ranch Golf Course, an award – winning Robert Cupp designed golf course will host the Cave Creek Golf Tournament. Sign is at 10:30 a.m. with tee off at 12:30 p.m.. $150 per person or $600 for a foursome. Included are green fees, cart, range balls, hole in one, closest to pin and longest drive contests. A prime rib/chicken banquet& awards dinner will begin at 6 p.m. with a silent auction from 5 to 8 p.m.

  • March 23, Cave Creek Rodeo performance beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Friday night is the Wrangler National Patriot performance. The Wrangler National Patriot program, created to provide funding and support for America’s wounded and fallen soldiers and their families. More than $800,000 has been donated to date.

  • March 23, 10 p.m. -David Lee Murphy concert

David Lee Murphy will be live in concert at Harold’s Corral after the rodeo. Entry to the concert will be free with your Rodeo ticket. Tickets will also be available at the door at $22 (same as the rodeo ticket price). David Lee Murphy is presented by Sanderson Ford with appearance by 102.5 KNIX, Tim & Ben.

  • March 24, Cave Creek Rodeo performance beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Cave Creek Rodeo has recently teamed up with the Man Up Crusade to bring “Purple Night” on Saturday, March 24. The Man Up Crusade is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating public awareness on the issue of domestic violence.

  • March 25, Cave Creek Rodeo performance beginning at 2 p.m.

Sunday is the Wrangler “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” performance

Please visit http://www.cavecreekrodeo.com for the full calendar of events, tickets, registration forms and applications.  Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit local charities, and help preserve the Western way of life.