FLORENCE-- Rodeo time in Florence is fast approaching. However, the Parada isn’t Florence’s only claim to rodeo fame.
FLORENCE -- The 89th annual Florence Junior Parada youth rodeo, Florence’s Thanksgiving weekend tradition, returns with three days of competition, Nov. 26-28, at the Charles Whitlow Rodeo Arena, 3 miles south of downtown Florence on State Route 79.
FLORENCE — Some familiar faces will be taking the stage at Country Thunder in April, along with some newcomers looking to bring a little spark to Pinal County’s biggest event of the year.
FLORENCE -- Kaden Cluff, a senior at Florence High School, is queen of the 89th Florence Junior Parada and Nikey Stewart, a sixth grader at Benjamin Franklin Charter School in Queen Creek, is princess.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article, written by the late A.W. Gressinger, appeared in the 1966 Centennial Edition of the Florence Reminder.
Disappointment prevailed at the first “Pinal Punchers’ Parada” in November of 1919, as bad weather rolled in causing the postponement of Friday’s events to Saturday and Saturday’s contests to Sunday. A rainstorm on Thursday soaked the grounds and a snowstorm accompanied by cold weather (undo…
FLORENCE -- Olga Cathemer and Adolfo “Harpo” Celaya, unforgettable personalities who’ve each left indelible impressions on Florence, will be the grand marshals for this year’s Junior Parada parade.
CASA GRANDE — Thursday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day and around Pinal County, area residents will observe the holiday with parades and celebrations.
FLORENCE — Award-winning writer and historian Jan Cleere will be featured Nov. 14 at a meet-the-author event hosted by the Pinal County Historical Museum book club.
SUPERIOR — It may not be as supercharged as the running of the bulls, but a popular racing spectacle returned this year to Pinal County with the Superior Burro Run on Saturday.
FLORENCE — Celebrate Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 31 at the Pinal County Historical Museum, 715 S. Main St. in Florence.
FLORENCE — Saundra Ferguson of Mesa was hooked up to an IV early Friday afternoon, but she said it was no big problem, just a preventive measure.
FLORENCE — With no other pressing emergencies, members of the Florence CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) were helping fans with handicaps get from their vehicles to the festival grounds.
FLORENCE — Gilbert native Jacob Morris said when he plays a bar, he has to work hard sometimes to get the crowd out of their shells. Not so at Country Thunder.
FLORENCE — On the final day of Country Thunder, Melanie Hesseldenz and Dawn Cox sat in front of their tent in the event’s upscale camping area, listening as Kameron Marlowe performed on the festival stage.
FLORENCE — The Redneck Olympics at Country Thunder have been rescheduled after equipment was stolen from the Electric Thunder tent at the music festival.
FLORENCE — A controversial rising star who pulled out of the 2021 Country Thunder earlier this year will be a main attraction at the 2022 festival.
FLORENCE — He dances like nobody’s watching but is glad to bring a smile to people’s faces. That’s how one Country Thunder fan became a fan favorite himself.
FLORENCE — There’s no shortage of tattoos at Country Thunder — but Linda Landers has one of the most unique and special ones that the airbrush tattoo ladies are likely to do all weekend.
FLORENCE — Isz, a small and friendly black and white shitzu, likes country music. And as Country Thunder 2021 got underway Thursday, the 7-year-old dog was sporting a bright red bow in her hair as she enjoyed the sights, sounds and smells of Country Thunder.
FLORENCE — Take a trip around the Country Thunder campgrounds and use all the senses to experience the festivities.
FLORENCE — With scantily clad music fans and flowing beer, festivals like Country Thunder aren’t always the most kid friendly. But parents enjoy country music and some want to spread that passion down to the next generation.
FLORENCE — After Dustin Lynch and the rest of the Country Thunder performers got everybody in the mood for a weekend of music and partying Thursday, festival goers returned to the stage areas near Florence on Friday to pick up right where they started.
FLORENCE — All hat and no cattle is fine at the Country Thunder music festival, but according to vendors, attendees are moving away from more traditional cowboy hat styles and toward something a little more funky.
FLORENCE — After more than a one-year hiatus because of COVID-19, county music fans came out in droves Thursday afternoon to enjoy the musical acts and to have a good time.
FLORENCE — After being rescheduled twice due to COVID-19, the Country Thunder music festival gets underway on Thursday with four days of music, food, dancing and fun.
ELEVEN MILE CORNER — When school groups visit Caywood Farms, they sing songs, ride behind tractors and learn about life on a farm. Sometimes, they get a chance to milk a cow or picnic in the shadow of a cotton field.
FLORENCE – With Country Thunder back in town this week after 2½ years, Pinal County Attorney Kent Volkmer urged attendees to make good choices and party smart.
FLORENCE — The inaugural Showdown on Main-Pitmaster Challenge, featuring more than 20 professional barbecue teams, will be held Friday and Saturday in downtown Florence.
FLORENCE — The Town Council voted Monday to spend $20,000, out of the mayor and council’s contingency funds, to sponsor the Florence Junior Parada youth rodeo.
QUEEN CREEK — With a lineup of concerts, shows and events planned this fall, Schnepf Farms aims to become a place to have a good time and do some dancing.
FLORENCE — Bill Foster, whose grandfather started what eventually became known as the Florence Junior Parada youth rodeo, has been chosen to organize the town’s Thanksgiving-weekend tradition this year.
FLORENCE — The Pinal County Historical Museum and gift shop have reopened to their regular hours, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. It is proud to offer special needs accommodations, including early-bird quiet visitation by appointment and a quiet space. It also welcomes museum tou…
FLORENCE — The inaugural “Showdown on Main-Pitmaster Challenge,” featuring more than 20 professional barbecue teams, will be held Oct. 1-2 in downtown Florence.
FLORENCE — The Pinal County Historical Museum is celebrating Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 31 at the museum, 715 S. Main St.
CASA GRANDE — This year on the Fourth of July, the show will go on, with various festivities and events in most Pinal County communities.
FLORENCE — Florence Community Services’ annual “Freedom Fest” will be July 4, with live music, food and games, leading up to a fireworks display at 8:30 p.m.
FLORENCE — Beginning June 15, the Pinal County Historical Museum (PCHS Museum) will offer new summer hours. PCHS Museum and gift shop will be open Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or by appointment; the museum will reopen for the season on September 1.
FLORENCE — Author Nancy Turner will take part in the next Pinal County Historical Society book club meeting to talk about her novel “These Is My Words: the diary of Sarah Agnes Prine.”
SUPERIOR — A few upcoming events at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum focus on the desert at night.
KEARNY — More than 300 people visited the town of Kearny Saturday and Sunday for the Gila River Music Festival.
KEARNY — With a diverse lineup of entertainment, more than a dozen food trucks and various artists and vendors on tap, the new Gila River Music Festival is set to run May 21 and 22 in Kearny.
FLORENCE — A little gloomy weather wasn’t enough to keep a crowd away from an afternoon and evening of live country and classic rock Saturday at the second annual Florence Music Fest.
CASA GRANDE — It’s a bit of a roller coaster ride when it comes to high school volleyball in Pinal County. Some season a lot of teams find success. Other times, not so much.
FLORENCE – While town officials and staff continue to weigh the future of the Charles Whitlow Rodeo Grounds, the Town Council agreed Monday to hold additional events there.
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FLORENCE — Fifteen years after its K-6 school opened next door, American Leadership Academy broke ground on its new 7-12 campus, ALA Anthem South, Friday afternoon.
SAN TAN VALLEY — Florence school board members indicated they were losing patience with “after-the-fact” bills that weren’t processed correctly, show up late and aren’t covered in the current budget.
SAN TAN VALLEY — New houses are springing up all around it, but Florence Unified School District isn’t planning any new schools for the next 10 years.
FLORENCE — New state funding will help Pinal County health personnel respond to schools affected by COVID-19. A separate grant will help the county work to reduce a high rate of sexually trans…
SAN TAN VALLEY — The Florence Unified School District Governing Board on Tuesday night changed its policy on fees for students taking home and using laptops provided by the district.