Camp Verde: Cornfest
If, like us, you’re buying up ears of sweet corn every time you walk into a grocery store, a quick jaunt up Interstate 17 to Camp Verde for the town’s 23rd annual Cornfest is as good excuse as any to leave town for a few hours.
More than a chance to buy and eat more corn — though, really, what’s wrong with that? — this ode to the oblong ears of crunchy kernels features hot air balloon rides, walk-on-water “bubbles,” kiddie train rides, birding excursions, a beer garden, live music, arts and crafts vendors and a vintage baseball game at Fort Verde State Historic Park. What’s more, old-fashioned games and a cornhole competition with cash prizes are accompanied by fun-to-watch contests for corn-eating, hog calling, cow-pie throwing and telling corny jokes.
The festival’s roasted, buttered sweet corn (and uncooked corn by the dozen) comes from the Verde Valley’s own Hauser & Hauser Farms.
DETAILS >> 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 18, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 19. Downtown Camp Verde at Holloman and Main streets. Free admission. (928) 301-0922 or CampVerdePromotions.org.
Young: Pleasant Valley Days
A notorious 19th-century feud that ended in Tempe, when fugitive Ed Tewksbury shot and killed the last surviving member of the Graham family, got its start near Young, where you can learn more about the bloody conflict — and experience a welcome change in temperature and scenery, thanks to a 5,200-foot elevation.
The tiny town commemorates the Pleasant Valley War of 1887 this weekend, when you can tour sites — like the Tewksbury Cabin and the Perkins Store Museum — made famous in the fight between two early Arizona families. Don’t know much about the conflict? Not to worry; authors who have written books on the subject will speak about the war and some of its characters, including notable women.
Your appetite for history satiated, you can move on to purely entertaining activities, such as wine tastings at the Pleasant Valley Winery, a Saturday-night bonfire with a live band and a vintage vehicle show. There are also team roping events, a parade, a quilt show, concessions and a beer garden.
DETAILS >> Friday through Sunday, July 18-20; call or check website for schedule of events. Along State Route 288. Free admission for most events, though donations are accepted for some activities. (928) 462-3661 or MyPleasantValleyCC.com.
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