February is my favorite month because that’s when Cowboy Days & O’Odham Tash takes place in Casa Grande.

Both events are part of our community’s history and culture. Cowboy Days began in 1936 and continued for some years, then lay dormant. It was resurrected in 2011. O’Odham Tash is more than 50 years old after beginning in 1968. It left Casa Grande in 2011, but the historic O’Odham Tash name returned a few years later to our community, where it belongs.

I welcome everyone to come enjoy more than a week of excitement and fun. The first weekend is O’Odham Tash, featuring real, Native cowboys competing in traditional events. Once you attend, you’ll be back every year.

Other events on different days include breakaway and tie-down roping and the Mike Cervi Jr. Memorial Team Roping.

The second weekend features the ranch rodeo. It’s a great event. Don’t miss it! Other events throughout the celebration include softball and toka tournaments, a parade, a carnival and the Exceptional Rodeo for special needs students, held by Central Arizona College rodeo team members.

Please come out and enjoy while helping preserve Western traditions and honor the cultural heritage of Native Americans.

Hope to see you there,

Dick Powell

Event Coordinator

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