Roots N’ Boots schedule of events

Times may change due to circumstances beyond the organizers’ control.

Thursday, March 5
9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Special Kids Rodeo (under the tent)
9 a.m.-7:30 p.m.: Rodeo ticket office open
6-12 p.m.: Community roping
4-12 p.m.: Community barrel race

Friday, March 6
9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Rodeo slack
12-4 p.m.: Community sorting
3-11 p.m.: Carnival, vendors and paid parking
1-7:30 p.m.: Rodeo ticket office open
5-10 p.m.: Saloon open
5 p.m.: PRCA gates open; hospitality opens
5:30-6 p.m.: Rodeo 101 tour
7-9:30 p.m.: PRCA Rodeo

Saturday, March 7
8 a.m.-10 p.m.: Paid parking
8 a.m.-12 p.m.: Family rodeo
9 a.m.-10 p.m.: Carnival, vendors
10 a.m.-8:30 p.m.: Rodeo ticket office open
10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Entertainment (under the tent)
9 a.m.-6 p.m.: Draft horse expo
10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Dog showcase
11 a.m.-12 p.m.: Saloon open
12-1 p.m.: Ranch dressing
12-5 p.m.: Xtreme Teen Rodeo (1)
5 p.m.: PRCA gates open; hospitality opens
5:30-6 p.m.: Rodeo 101 tour
7-9:30 p.m.: PRCA Rodeo
8 p.m.-Midnight: Dance (under the tent)

Sunday, March 8
9 a.m.-10 a.m.: Cowboy church
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Rodeo ticket office open
10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Carnival, vendors, paid parking
10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Mounted shooting
11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Saloon open
11:30 a.m.: POW flag ceremony
1 p.m.; PRCA gates open; hospitality opens
1:30-2 p.m.: Rodeo 101 tour
3-5:30 p.m.: PRCA Rodeo

 

2015 marks the fifth anniversary of Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek. Presented by Banner Ironwood Medical Center and produced by the Friends of Horseshoe Park, Queen Creek’s signature event offers a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned rodeo, vendors, carnival, live entertainment, a rodeo dance and multiple family activities for all ages. Roots N’ Boots is held the second weekend in March.

Rodeo tickets may be purchased online through the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center website at www.qcpac.com.

Tickets also are available at Saba’s Western Wear at the Queen Creek Marketplace, Crazy Horse Saddle Shop in Apache Junction or online at QCPAC.com or VisitMesa.com. Tickets will also be sold at the rodeo ticket office, which is open on-site during event hours only.

Rodeo tickets are priced at $15.50 per adult general admission and $7 for children 12 and under. A family pack including two adult and two children general admission tickets costs $40. Box seats are $22.50 and general admission for active military (with an ID) is $10. Gates open two hours prior to the start of each rodeo performance. Presale wristbands are priced at $18 each.

Free events include the following: a petting zoo, recreational vehicle show, the More Xtreme teen rodeo, mutton busting, ranch dressing, a calf scramble, a pig chase, a dog showcase and a draft horse exhibition.

The concept of a weeklong celebration of Queen Creek’s rural heritage has always been a goal of town residents, ever since the old community get-togethers ceased in the 1950s, according to an event history on the Roots N’ Boots website: http://rootsnboots.org.

Planning for the inaugural Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek event in 2011 began almost 18 months prior to the actual event. It was intended to be the cornerstone of a new tradition in Queen Creek that could grow through the addition of other different but similarly named events.

Roots N’ Boots 2011 was the biggest event the town had produced since the grand opening of Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre, both in scope and budget. It was coordinated and chaired by the town’s special events staff, with significant support from other departments within the town and several volunteer organizations, according to the website.

The Friends of Horseshoe Park took a lead role in the coordination and operations of the two-night PRCA rodeo. The Queen Creek Performing Arts Center sold rodeo tickets through its box office, giving the event the online ticketing processes needed to be successful in today’s culture, according to the website.

Parking is $5 per vehicle per day for general parking and and $10 per vehicle per day for preferred parking.

Off-site parking is not allowed, according to the event website. Vehicles parked along Riggs Road or in the residential areas south of Riggs may be towed.

For a complete listing of events and for additional information, visit the Roots N’ Boots website at www.rootsnboots.org.

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