2018 Annual Casa Grande Cowboy Days and O'Odham Tash
February 2, 2018
Cowboy Days & O’Odham Tash returns to Casa Grande in 2018 for a week-long celebration of western heritage, culture, and traditions. In addition to a carnival that will light up the weekends, the schedule of events for the week includes:
Saturday, February 17 | O’Odham Tash Parade
The O’Odham Tash Parade will be held in downtown Casa Grande at 10:00 am. This event has over 50 entries annually from all across the state of Arizona, with more than 30 different tribes and royalty participating. Make sure to arrive early to get the best seat possible for this event.
Saturday & Sunday, February 17 & 18 | All-Indian Rodeo, Softball & Toka Tournament
Following the O’Odham Tash Parade, head to the All-Indian Rodeo for an electrifying show of both rough stock and timed events. These cowboys and cowgirls will showcase their abilities in bareback, saddle bronc, and bull riding. There will be tie down and team roping, along with steer wrestling and barrel racing events. The event will host the Seventh Annual Quad-Nation Roping for all of the neighboring ropers. Slack will take place on Friday. Performances will be held on Saturday and Sunday.
The first pitch of the softball tournament is scheduled for early Saturday morning, with the last game winding-up on Sunday afternoon. The tournament is held at the Paul Mason Sportsplex and proves to be an opportunity for both male and female players to showcase their athletic abilities and skills. The Toka Tournament will be played on Sunday.
Monday, February 19 | National Team Roping - Produced by Yost Events
This day will be dedicated to team roping. National All Amateurs Team Roping will hold several numbers’ ropings throughout the day. Books will close at 10:00 am. There were over 400 teams in 2017 that participated. Free spectator admission.
Tuesday & Wednesday, February 20 & 21 | Mike Cervi Jr. Memorial
A world class team roping event that draws the top Pro Ropers in the nation and their fans, with benefits going to the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund. This two-day event will include a Pro/Am roping, the pre-roping and the Pro Classic team roping, with over $225,000 in cash and prizes..
Thursday, February 22 | Eighth Annual Maple Leaf Classic
Make way for the Eighth Annual Maple Leaf Classic, honoring the Canadians who winter in the Casa Grande area. This will be open to Canadian ropers only.
Friday, February 23 | Exceptional Rodeo
The cowboys and cowgirls from the Central Arizona College Rodeo Team will host students from the Casa Grande School District in a series of similar rodeo events for this fun-filled morning. Horseback riding, team roping, face painting, bouncing ball riding, and visits from local rodeo royalty are among the activities planned for the day. Free spectator admission. Student/school selection is done by the Casa Grande Elementary School District.
Saturday, February 24 | Women’s Barrel Race
This day will focus on the ladies. There are an estimated number of 200 barrel racers who participate and 300-400 spectators.
The WPRA timed event will be added this year. Free spectator admission.
Saturday & Sunday, February 24 & 25 | Ranch Rodeo
Fun for the whole family. The cowboys and their ranch horses compete in four team events: wild cow milking, stray gathering, calf branding, and trailer loading. There will also be a saddle bronc individual competition. Buckles, prizes and added money reward the top teams and individuals. The crowd will enjoy action, excitement, thrills and laughs as they cheer for their favorite teams.
For additional information, please visit www.casagrandecowboydays.com.