The 61st Rex Allen Days Round-up lists a variety of Willcox activities from Thursday through Sunday.
Cowboy Hall of Fame Dinner opens festivities
The Willcox Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture will hold the 30th Annual Cowboy Hall of Fame Induction Dinner on Thursday. For those with tickets, the doors will open at 6 p.m., at the Willcox Community Center, 300 W. Stewart St.
A moment of silence will be held for the late Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever, an attendee for many years.
After dinner, the Willcox Favorite Son/Daughter will be announced. The Arizona Range News sponsors the award. Only an in-town nominee will be honored, as there were no out-of-town nominations this year.
Finally, the Cowboy Hall of Fame inductees will be recognized.
There are still a few dinner tickets left at press time.
As a fundraiser for the Hall of Fame, the Willcox Chamber is selling raffle tickets for a signed lithograph entitled, “Lost and Found. The artist is Bob “Shofly” Shufelt of Hillsboro, N.M.
The lithograph was donated to the Chamber through the efforts of Dennis Williams of Willcox and Debbie Wingfield of Camp Verde.
Raffle tickets are available at a cost of $5 per ticket, or $20 for six tickets.
For further information, contact the Willcox Chamber at (520) 384-2272 or (800) 200-2272.
Baxter Black Concert Friday
A special evening with Cowboy Poet Baxter Black will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at the Willcox High School Auditorium.
Black also writes a humorous column featured weekly in the Range News.
Front row and one hour with Baxter before the show is $50. Regular admission is $20 for reserved and $15 for general.
For tickets, call Delcie Schultz at (520) 254-2101.
On Friday during Rex Allen Days, tickets will be sold under the Ramada in Railroad Park from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Rex Allen Days Parade Saturday
The parade, which begins at 10 a.m., will be dedicated to Dever’s memory. This year’s parade theme is “From Horses to Horsepower.” The Grand Marshal is Willcox’s own Olympian Mike Allen, who participated in the 1964 Olympics held in Tokyo. The parade will also honor Don Meyer of Willcox, who, at age 95, was recently honored as Arizona’s oldest volunteer.
The parade will follow the same route as last year: Haskell Avenue at Fremont Street heading south, east onto Stewart Street; south onto Railroad Avenue; west onto Maley Street; and south onto Haskell Avenue, and then proceed south to Soto Street.
Stage shows Saturday
The Rex Allen Jr. Concert, also featuring Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez, Jr., Diamond W. Wranglers, Maddie Allen Cartwright, Marshall Trimble and Chloe Tang, will be held at 4 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Willcox High School Auditorium. Tickets are $20 for reserved and $15 for general.
For tickets, call Delcie Schultz at (520) 254-2101.
During Rex Allen Days, concert tickets will be on sale from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday; and immediately after the parade until 3 p.m. Saturday, under the Ramada in Railroad Park.
The Junior Rodeo will begin at 11:30 a.m., and the Grand Canyon Professional Rodeo Association (GCPRA) Rodeo begins at 1 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday, at Quail Drive Sports Park on Fort Grant Road.
The Rodeo Queens Luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, at the Willcox Elks Lodge. For tickets, call Kelly Colbert at (520) 507-0344 or Michelle Mullins at (520) 507-8330. Tickets may also be available at the door.
Crowning of the 2013 Rex Allen Days Rodeo Queen and Rodeo Princess will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday, at Quail Drive Sports Park.
Keiller Park Events
Numerous activities will take place at Keiller Park Friday through Sunday during Rex Allen Days.
The Country Fair and Carnival opens at 4 p.m. Friday.
At 9 a.m. Saturday is the AYSO Car Show. It is followed by the opening of Country Fair and Beer Garden at 10 a.m., and the Carnival re-opening at 11 a.m.
Beginning at 11:30 a.m., Emcee George Duran will be hosting entertainment all day Saturday.
At Noon is the 30th Annual Orlando B. Willcox Turtle Race.
The Danza Mexica Cuauhtemoc makes its return to Rex Allen Days this year at 2 p.m.
On Sunday, the Country Fair and Carnival will both re-open at 11 a.m.
Historic Downtown Events
•On Friday, Rex Allen Jr. will hold a “Meet and Greet” at 5 p.m. at the Rex Allen Museum.
•Throughout the Saturday of Rex Allen Days, “Let’s Meet at Railroad Park after the Parade” will take place in historic downtown Willcox.
It will include “great food,” mariachi music, specialty vendors, Chiricahua Regional, Rex Allen, and Mary Robbins Museums, and local merchants.
The Tombstone Vigilantes are scheduled to perform at 12:30 p.m., and parade awards will be presented at 2:45 p.m., followed by Marshal Bo’s Gunslingers of the West at 3 p.m., in Railroad Park.
•Also on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m., and again from 5 to 7 p.m., the Rex Allen Museum will hold a “Meet & Greet with Scott T. Baxter,” a 2012 Arizona Culture Keeper and photographer of the Arizona Centennial Legacy Project "100 Years 100 Ranchers.”
Admission is $5 at the door. Light refreshments will be served.
Rex Allen Sr. once said, “The early western movies we made were poor imitation of the reality of the cowboys who made their living on the range. We knew better.”
Museum Board member Gail Martin said, “Enjoy a tour of the Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum and Willcox Cowboy Hall of Fame, and join us as Scott shares some of his life-changing experiences throughout his 10-year journey as he chronicled 100 Arizona ranchers in this photographic project that became his passion.”
“We are proud many ranchers are inductees of the Willcox Cowboy Hall of Fame or from the surrounding area,” she said.
Copies of "100 Years 100 Ranchers" will be available for purchase.
The Museum is also selling raffle tickets at $20 each or six for $100.
Two winners may choose from one of two grand prizes:
A one of a kind collector’s copy of "100 Years 100 Ranchers," autographed by Scott Baxter as well as some of the featured ranchers.
A collector’s edition autographed copy of "Rex Allen's Biography."
For further information, call (520) 384-4583 or visit www.rexallenmuseum.org., or call Gail Martin at (520) 490-5584.
•Living Cowboy Historian Lee Anderson will hold a book signing from Noon to 1 p.m., both Friday and Saturday under the Ramada in Railroad Park.
He has a new book entitled, “Developing the Art of Equine Communication,”.
Anderson is “a cowboy historian and expert on equine communication. You all know him from the past five years at Rex Allen Days as the cowboy on the big horse (Concho) in different cowboy regalia,” said Delcie Schultz.
“Lee has many stories and loves to tell you western history. When not signing books, Lee and Concho will be around town, be sure to stop them for a visit,” she said.
Another familiar face is that of stunt man Ron Nix, who “will also be under the Ramada to meet people and sign autographs,” Schultz said.
“Ron has been a stunt man in several dozen movies over the last several decades. He will also be under the Ramada to meet people and sign autographs,” she said.
“You may see him several places around town, including at the Rodeo. Ron loves to talk to the kids,” Schultz said.
•On Sunday, the Rex Allen Museum will hold a Pancake Breakfast in Windmill Park, from 7 to 9 a.m., serving pancakes, sausage or eggs, juice and coffee, for $6. The child’s plate is $3 for a pancake, egg or meat, and juice or milk.
Cowboy Church starts at 8 a.m. in Windmill Park.
The Tractor Pull event will take place at 450 E. Grant St., both Friday and Saturday during Rex Allen Days.
Modified tractors and mini-rods, as well as modified pickups and street stock, will be pulling on at 7 p.m. on Friday.
Antique tractors, which will also be in Saturday’s parade, will begin pulling at 3 p.m. on Friday.
Saturday pulls start at 1:30 p.m.
Contestants from Kansas, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri, Wyoming and New Mexico, as well as Arizona, will be arriving for the weekend, said Carol Dunagan.
Gate charge is $10, and kids under 12 get in free.
“Come watch the black smoke roll from Kryptonite and Tinker Toy,” she said.
“Bring your earplugs and enjoy Plum Nasty, We Be Bad, Little Monster, Plow Jockey and many others.”
A portion of proceeds from the event will go toward the Northern Cochise Community Hospital Foundation.