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6/28/2012 12:01:00 AM
Milestones ride high during Prescott Frontier Days events
Matt Hinshaw/The Daily CourierGary Cole and Richard Schulte ride longhorn bulls Shogun and Shotgun down Whiskey Row during the annual Prescott Frontier Days World’s Oldest Rodeo Parade July 2, 2011. Below, Jake Reyes-Kett rides on a pony float down Cortez Street July 1, 2011, during the Prescott Kiwanis Club Kiddie Parade.
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Gary Cole and Richard Schulte ride longhorn bulls Shogun and Shotgun down Whiskey Row during the annual Prescott Frontier Days World’s Oldest Rodeo Parade July 2, 2011. Below, Jake Reyes-Kett rides on a pony float down Cortez Street July 1, 2011, during the Prescott Kiwanis Club Kiddie Parade.
Parents of military troops invited to walk in parade
The Yavapai County Blue Star Mothers invite all mothers and fathers of active-duty troops to join them in the Prescott Fourth of July parade on Saturday, June 30. They will assemble at Stage 7 near Willis and Virginia streets at 8 a.m. with a full-sized black pickup truck, #885. For more information, email Rebecca Leatherwood at leatherwoodrg@aol.com.

Joanna Dodder Nellans
The Daily Courier

PRESCOTT - Prescott Frontier Days is whipping up a whole lot of history today through the Fourth of July.

It's not only the 100th anniversary of Arizona, it's also the 125th anniversary of Prescott Frontier Days. No wonder that this year's motto is "Prescott - Where it All Began," especially considering that Prescott was Arizona's first capital.

The grand entry of each rodeo performance will feature a special salute to Arizona's centennial, said Rennie Anderson, secretary on the PFD board of directors. The details will be a surprise, she added.

The Quadrille de Mujeres, a women's speed and precision equestrian drill team, also will honor the centennial during its rodeo performances, Anderson said.

Entries in the Frontier Days Parade that starts at 9 a.m. Saturday will be divided into time periods based on their themes. The pre-1912 territorial style entries will feature horse-drawn carriages, for example, while later entries will be separated into 25-year increments.

The Prescott Antique Auto Club has submitted entries in three time periods, while the Hassayampa Inn will celebrate its 1927 opening with gals dressed as flappers.

"People are really getting into it," said Marty Borgelt, another PFD board member. Approximately 190 entries have signed up.

The Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe will be the grand marshal, while descendants of the Frontier Days' first all-around cowboy Juan Leivas will be honorary grand marshals.

Prescott Frontier Days organizers are offering several souvenirs to celebrate this unique year.

They are issuing their first medallion in many years, honoring the centennial on one side and rodeo's 125th on the other. The $10 medallions are available at the rodeo and rodeo office.

An original poster by local artist Dave Newman honors the rodeo's 125th year and Arizona's centennial with a signature collage of Frontier Days photos and memorabilia. Signed and unsigned copies are available for purchase at the rodeo and rodeo office.

The Sharlot Hall Museum will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Arizona women's right to vote by putting on an original play today through Saturday, too.

Yet another anniversary this year is the 40th anniversary of the release of the Steve McQueen movie "Junior Bonner" that was shot during Prescott Frontier Days. Screenwriter Jeb Rosebrook will attend sold-out screenings Monday at The Palace Saloon on Whiskey Row.

Long-standing Prescott Frontier Days events alongside the rodeo and parade include the nightly rodeo dance today through Saturday, the Whiskey Row Boot Races directly after Saturday's parade and the Fireman Hose Cart Races at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Music abounds through Wednesday, including the Whiskey Row street dance on Saturday night and western, jazz and folk music throughout the community.

The week's events culminate July 4 with the city's extravaganza at Pioneer Park featuring a carnival, contests, live music and 9 p.m. fireworks.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012
Article comment by: Tina Blake

This is the first year Prescott Creeks is participating in the annual parade. We are so excited that "Fill" our Recyclasaurus will be on a float spreading the message of cleaning up your watershed/environment. A big shout out to all our the local artists and volunteers who have spend many hours helping to make this happen!!! Come see us and cheer us on!

Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2012
Article comment by: Silence Dogood

Not to rain on Prescott's "parade," you are rewriting history again....So you won't forget, in actuality, the 1st Arizona Territorial Capital was located near Del Rio Springs in what is known today as Chino Valley, whether it was for a day or 5 months. So Prescott was really the 2nd territorial capital and not "where it all began." How many times is this paper going to revise actual history to fit the needs of the story. Chino Valley has a proud past and you, as well as Prescott, should respect its place in Arizona History!



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