Dyer: Fun for whole family at the Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek

Rodeo action at a the Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek Rodeo. (Arianna Grainey, Independent Newsmedia)

If it’s March then it’s time for the Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek Rodeo.

Richard Dyer

The rodeo with its seven classic events — saddle bronc, bareback, bulls, barrel racing, team roping, calf roping and steer wrestling — is March 14-17 at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Center, 20464 E. Riggs Road, Queen Creek.

Presented by Banner Ironwood Medical Center, this multi-day event offers a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo, vendors, carnival, entertainment and multiple family activities for all ages.

Tickets are $16.50 per adult general admission and $8 for children 12 and under. A family pack, including two adult and two children general admission tickets, is $40.

Rodeo tickets can be purchased at rootsnboots.org.

The rodeo starts at 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, March 15-16. A 3 p.m. matinée will be on Sunday, March 17.

New this year is Kastl Amusements handling the carnival and bringing in new rides, Jon Wooten, chairman of Friends of Horseshoe Park, said in a phone interview.

“We had consistently gotten comments in the past few years about the quality of the rides, the selection of rides. We changed carnival vendors this year so we have a better selection, nicer rides, cleaner rides,” he said.

A new traveling 1880s show, “Parasol Smokewagon,” will perform, he said.

“They’re a traveling western show from Prescott and they’ll be doing some of their regular entertainments acts during the day and will also be wandering through the event for pictures and talk to people and that kind of stuff,” Mr. Wooten said.
It will be the 10th anniversary of Horseshoe Park, so there are to be giveaways promoting it plus social-media games or contests and other activities, he said.

A primary committee of 30 volunteers meets nine months a year to plan the event.

“It takes about 200 volunteers to put on the event and yes, we always look for more,” Mr. Wooten said.

The Roots N’ Boots event pays for security and for some jobs in the arena, he said.

“Other than that, it’s entirely planned and run by volunteers,” Mr. Wooten said.

Learn more about volunteering at rootsnboots.org under the “About” pull-down menu.

Volunteers include a youth committee, Mr. Wooten said.

About 17,000 people attended last year’s three days of rodeo, including spectators and competitors, he said.
Revenue from the rodeo, after expenses, goes back into the park.

Also, scholarships are given to two volunteers and the organization has donated to the local 4-H and Future Farmers of America clubs because of their volunteer hours at the rodeo.

The money has also gone for capital items for Horseshoe Park that make running the event cheaper, he said.

“So, for instance, we’ve purchased ID scanners so we don’t have to rent them,” Mr. Wooten said.

“But primarily the majority of the money that we earn goes back into Horseshoe Park,” he said.

That includes signage, hitching rails, repairs at the park and funds donated to help pay for an arena cover.

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Richard Dyer
Editor
Queen Creek Independent

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