Friday, July 20th

Variety Show

David M. Player Center for the Arts
Tickets are $2.50/each

Bring your friends and family for a variety of entertainment, including music, dance, comedy, and more, as we celebrate our rich pioneer heritage. It is the beginning activity of this year’s Pioneer Days Celebration—The Pioneer Legacy. So come and enjoy talent from around the Gila Valley. There will be something for everyone. Seating is limited, so get your tickets as soon as possible. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

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(Entries taken between 6:00-6:45pm on day of rodeo)
Vard Lines Arena in Pima

Grand Entry We want anyone with a horse to participate!


Stick Horse Race Age Groups (6 and Under, 7 to 10, 11 and Up) Please bring your own stick!

Cow Hide Race Horseback rider pulls another rider on a cow hide down the arena and around the barrel and back to the top of the arena. Limited to 40 Teams and 2 Runs per Person

Grease Pigs / Money Steers Release pigs in the arena and kids chase until caught. Age groups are 6 and Under and 7 to 10. Release steers in the arena with prize tied to the tail and the kids chase until they get all the prizes off the tails. Age group is 11 and up.

Cowboy Musical Chairs Riders start at the top of arena, all sitting on a chair holding their horse. When the music starts, riders jump on their horse and race to the bottom of the arena finding a chair to sit on. The last rider not able to find a chair is out. There will be one less chair each trip until we have a winner. Youth Division 16 and Under Open Division Each Division is limited to 20 Riders

Ribbon Roping Roper ropes calf out of chute then muggers hold the calf while the other member of the team grabs a ribbon off the tail of the calf and races back to the top of the arena. Limited to 40 Teams and 2 Runs per Person Male / Female Combination Only

Mormon Team Roping Header on horseback ropes the steers head and turns it for the heeler who is on foot to rope the steers feet. Limited to 40 Teams and 2 Runs per Person

For more information please contact Troy Judd: 520-507-7000

Family Dance

8:30pm – 11:00pm
Pima Stake Center Parking Lot

The dance for the Pioneer Day celebration will be at the Pima Arizona Stake Center (341 W 450 S in Pima) in the west parking lot. Please bring your own chair. Water will be provided.

Saturday, July 21st

Pioneer Days 5K & Fun Run

Thatcher High School Parking Lot
Registration Due by 6:00pm on July 20th
Cost is $12.00 per runner

The Fun Run will start at 6:00 am at the Thatcher High School parking lot with the 5K beginning immediately after. There will be a $12 entry fee to cover the cost of the shirt and registration. To guarantee that you receive a shirt you must register by July 11th. Awards and prizes will be given out to the top finishers. Bring your family and be a part of a fun Gila Valley Pioneer Day tradition Register below or call Rhett Dodge at 928-965-1143.

5K & Fun Run Registration

Co-Ed Volleyball Tournament

8:00am – 12:00pm
Pima, Safford, Thatcher, and EAC Gyms
Registration Due by 5:00pm on July 18th
Cost is $40.00 per team

The games are 6-on-6, but there must be 2 men and 2 women on the court at all times. You can have up to 8 players on the roster. There will be "A" and "B" divisions. Whoever registers the team (with an email address) will be designated as the team captain. Team captains will be responsible to disseminate game times and places.

All games will be timed, and the scoring will be rally scoring. Each team will have several round-robin games, and then at the end, there will be a single-elimination tournament.

Volleyball Registration

3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

1:00pm – 5:00pm
Pima, Safford, Thatcher, and EAC Gyms
Registration Due by 5:00pm on July 18th
12 & under: $15/team, 16 & under: $20/team, open: $25/team

You can have up to 5 players on your team. There will be 3 divisions: 12 & under, 16 & under and open. You must have a captain register (it doesn’t have to be a player—it will be whoever paid online and gave their email address). Team captains will be responsible to disseminate game times and places.

All games will be timed and scoring will be: two points for a 3 pointer, one point for every other shot (unless the court doesn’t have a 3-point line, then every shot will be 2 points). Every team will be guaranteed several round-robin games and then there will be a single-elimination tournament.

Basketball Registration


(Parade entries line up at 4:30pm)

The parade starts at Dan Hinton School (146 E 400 S in Pima) and takes the following route:

1.5 blocks west on 400 S to Main St
Two blocks north on Main to 200 S
Two blocks west on 200 S to 200 W
One block north on 200 W to 100 S
Two blocks east on 100 S to Main St
One block south on Main St to 200 S
Two blocks east on 200 S to 200 E
Two blocks south on 200 E, ending at Dan Hinton School

Floats may be parked and participants picked up near Dan Hinton School or at the swimming pool parking lot.

Food, Fun, & Friends

5:30pm – 9:00pm
Pima High School Ball Fields

5:30 – 7:30pm
Plenty of great choices to choose from. The main BBQ is only $5/plate (cash only). If the weather turns bad, food will still be sold in the PHS Cafeteria. There will also be burritos, hot dogs, pizza by the slice, kettle corn, snow cones, and root beer.

Games & Activities
6:00 – 7:30pm
Variety of games for youngsters

Pioneer Pageant Celebration
Approx. 8:00pm (at dark)
A great production with local talent!


After Dark
Pima High School Ball Fields

Fireworks start right after the pageant ends. Please keep your children close to you!