Roots N’ Boots First Annual Cowboy Christmas & Save the Date for Their March Event
Sticking true to its motto, “More Than a Rodeo” Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek is adding another yearly event to their calendar in addition to its iconic main event in March!
Since its inauguration in 2011, Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek has become an integral part of Queen Creek, Arizona’s ranching and agricultural community. Beginning as a two-day event with an estimated 8,000 guests, Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek has expanded to become one of the fastest-growing event extravaganzas in Arizona! Now boasting five days of non-stop action, Roots N’ Boots proudly welcomes well over 22,000 spectators to Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre where the festivities take place each year. In addition to their signature event taking place March 16-19, 2023, Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek has added yet another event to their annual roster, Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek Cowboy Christmas!
Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek Cowboy Christmas 2022
For its inaugural year, Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek is hosting Cowboy Christmas in Queen Creek! Hosted at Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Centre locals can enjoy a new shopping experience in addition to catching the last two performances of the National Finals Rodeo, streamed live from the Cowboy Channel. This fun will be taking place on December 9th and 10th, 2022 and you will be able to shop all the vendors on the 45,000 sq. ft. arena floor and enjoy the multitude of food trucks located on the Paseo. The NFR performances will be streamed onto the big screen in Arena 1.
This event will be free to the public, including entry and parking. This event will be serving as an exciting lead-in to the Roots N’ Boots signature event in March. You can learn more about attending this event at RootsNBoots.org/cowboy-christmas.
About Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek 2023
Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek activities will begin on March 15th and will run until Sunday, March 19th. Each day is packed to the brim with activities for the entire family to enjoy. Some of the activities include a carnival, rodeo dances, horsemanship clinics, petting zoos, Mutton Bustin’, live music entertainment, and even a cornhole tournament! Presented by Banner Ironwood Medical Center, Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek has been brought to life once again by the dedicated, Friends of Horseshoe Park Event Committee. Months of planning go into bringing the best-of-the-best family fun entertainment to Queen Creek, Arizona for this yearly extravaganza.
PRCA Rodeo Action
Rodeo action will kick off on Thursday night with Roots N’ Chutes, a bull riding only event featuring PRCA bull riders and some local youth bulls riders as well! Friday night is the first full rodeo with all eight events, followed by full performances on Saturday and Sunday as well. Make sure to check out the full schedule below on when the gates open and when the rodeos kick off each night. This is an open-seating event and event-goers are encouraged to buy tickets ahead of time because this event will sell out of seats!
Fun for the Whole Family
While the PRCA Pro Rodeo brings action to the rodeo arena each year, Roots N’ Boots is more than just a rodeo! With an impressive lineup of vendors to shop from, there is something for everyone at the Cowboy Marketplace. In addition to the vendors, there is also a carnival to be enjoyed by the whole family.
Another highlight of the Roots N’ Boots celebration is the Special Kids Rodeo. The Special Kids Rodeo is a free event for children aged 5 through High School with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This event is chock-full of fun, hands-on activities for kids to explore with everything from touching and learning about different types of livestock feed, cowboy tools, and tack to participating in rodeo event games, there is plenty to look forward to at this year’s Special Kids Rodeo!
There are also the Ranch Dressing and Kids N’ Kritters events. Ranch Dressing is an event for the whole family as long as you are aged 12 and up. In teams of three, you have to put your skills to the test by dressing a goat. That’s right…a goat! For winning, you even get a beautiful custom rodeo buckle. The Kids N’ Kritters event is fun for kids aged 3-11 who want to get out for some western-themed fun. This event features mutton busting, stick horse racing, dash for cash, learning to rope, clownin’ around sack race, and ribbon pulling. If you have an older teen (12-19) then Roots N’ Boots has something for them too! Xtreme Teen includes events on foot such as goat roping, a chicken challenge, and the piggyback hustle. You can learn more about all of these events on their website at RootsNBoots.org.
In addition to all of the fun activities going on, there are so many more special events going on that you need to make sure are on your calendar.
- Beyond Riding Horsemanship with Paula Bausch | 9:00am – 4:00pm on Friday, March 17
- Equine Meet N’ Greets | Thurs.-Sat. at 4:30pm – 5:00pm & Sunday at 12:30pm-1:00pm
- Cowboy Church with Billy Van Camp of Heart Cry Church | Sunday 9:00am-10:00am
- Cowboy Mounted Shooting | Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm
Schedule for Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek 2023
- Wednesday, March 17
- 7:00pm – 9:00pm: All Women’s Rodeo (Free Entry)
- Thursday, March 16
- 5:00pm – 8:00pm: Pony Rides & Free Petting Zoo
- 5:00pm – 11:00pm Dance Hall & Bar open
- 5:00pm – 11:00pm: Carnival and Vendors
- 5:00pm – 9:30pm: Rodeo Gates Open
- 6:00pm – 11:00pm: Community Roping by Heart Cry Church
- 7:00pm – 9:30pm: Chutes N’ Bulls PRCA Bull Riding
- 8:00pm – 11:30pm: Youth Dance
- Friday, March 17
- 8:00am – 8:00pm: Pony Rides & Free Petting Zoo
- 9:00am – 10:00pm: Vendors Open
- 9:00am – 1:00pm: Special Kids Rodeo
- 10:00am – 4:00pm: Antique Tractor Show
- 3:00pm – 11:00pm: Carnival
- 3:00pm – 12:00am: Dance Hall and Bar Open
- 5:00pm: PRCA Gates Open
- 7:00pm – 9:30pm: PRCA RODEO
- 8:00pm – 12:00am: Dance Featuring CrossRoad
- Saturday, March 18
- 9:00am – 12:00pm: Kids N’ Kritters, incl Mutton Bustin’
- 9:00am – 10:00pm: Vendors
- 10:00am – 12:00am: Dance Hall & Bar Open
- 10:00am – 4:00pm: Antique Tractor Show
- 11:00am – 11:00pm: Carnival, Pony Rides, Free Petting Zoo, AgTivities Booth
- 12:00am – 4:00pm: Cornhole Tournament
- 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Ranch Dressing
- 1:00pm – 4:00pm: Xtreme Teen Rodeo
- 5:00pm – PRCA Gates Open
- 7:00pm – 9:30pm: PRCA RODEO
- 8:00pm – 12:00am: Dance Featuring the Harry Luge Band
- Sunday, March 19
- 8:00am – 10:00am: Pancake Breakfast
- 9:00am – 10:00am: Cowboy Church
- 10:00am – 6:00pm: Vendors Open
- 10:00am – 6:00pm: Carnival, Agtivities, Pony Rides, Free Petting Zoo
- 10:00am – 6:00pm: Cowboy Mounted Shooting
- 11:00am–6:00pm: Dance Hall & Bar Open
- 1:00pm: PRCA Gates Open
- 3:00pm – 5:30pm: PRCA RODEO
- 6:00pm – Event Closed
Roots N’ Boots Queen Creek is proudly presented by Banner Ironwood Medical Center and is hosted by both the Town of Queen Creek and Friends of Horseshoe Park. Friends of Horseshoe Park is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization chartered to support Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre (HPEC) and to promote the rural heritage of Queen Creek.
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