Get Out's Worth the Trip: Cowboy Concert and Freedom Festival, Saguaro Harvest Celebration - East Valley Tribune: Outdoors

Get Out's Worth the Trip: Cowboy Concert and Freedom Festival, Saguaro Harvest Celebration

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Posted: Thursday, July 4, 2013 7:35 am | Updated: 5:52 pm, Fri Jul 5, 2013.

Eagar; Vail


White Mountain Cowboy Concert and Freedom Festival

Poets and musicians in boots and big mustaches will put on an authentically Western show July 6 at the 26 Bar Ranch, a historic Hereford cattle operation once owned by Western film star John Wayne. (Before that, the property was part of Arizona’s famous Milky Way Ranch, owned by the Mars Candy family.)

You can explore the ranch earlier in the day during a free festival that will offer petroglyph hikes, a petting zoo, barrel racing and roping demonstrations, talks on ranching, archaeology and Hopi culture, and trail rides. Food vendors will sell Navajo tacos, burgers and other fare.

The concert’s cast includes nationally known cowboy poets Jay Snider, of Oklahoma, and Chris Isaacs of Arizona. Musicians are California’s Dave Stamey and Cottonwood’s Jack Wilden.

DETAILS >> Festival is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 6. Concert starts at 7 p.m. The 26 Bar Ranch, 1800 E. 26 Bar Ranch Road. Concert tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for children. (928) 333-2123 or


Ha:san Bak Saguaro Harvest Celebration

Prickly pear fruit gets a lot of attention for its vivid magenta margaritas, candies, syrups and jellies. But the fruit of our state’s best-known cactus, the mighty saguaro, is a special food item, too, particularly for the Tohono O’odham, desert natives who have gathered the fruit for centuries.

Learn legends, lore and natural history of the saguaro fruit with a 5:30 a.m. O’odham blessing and workshop, where you’ll learn to make a fruit-picking tool, harvest the fruit, and make your own syrup. A breakfast featuring O’odham-inspired foods is included.

Later risers will find a celebration starting at 10 a.m., when they can listen to presenters, plant their own saguaro seed, hike the Archaeology Trail, watch a master flintknapper, and make their own arrowhead. Lunch specials will include American Indian fry bread and barbecue beef.

DETAILS >> Celebration is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 6. Colossal Cave Mountain Park, 16721 E. Old Spanish Trail. Admission is $5 per vehicle carrying up to six people. Workshop is $65 for one or $100 for two and requires advance registration. (520) 647-7121 or

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