The annual celebration that has brought countless people to Casa Grande in recent decades begins this weekend. Cowboy Days & O’Odham Tash is now a collection of activities that take place over two weekends and also the week in between.
The celebration actually has its roots in two earlier, longstanding Casa Grande events. A rodeo began in the 1930s and O’Odham Tash, which embraces Native American culture, began in 1968. After a conflict arose with the organization of the latter, the celebration was reborn and continued by Casa Grandeans interested in its cultural significance and importance to tourism.
A complete guide to the events appeared in Wednesday’s Tri-Valley Dispatch. Coverage will continue in the newspaper throughout the activities.
Locals sometimes complain about the extra traffic in town, but many also enjoy taking in some parts of Cowboy Days & O’Odham Tash. Sometimes the weather provides a little interference, but overall it has been great over the years. The organizers deserve credit for the huge amount of volunteer effort involved in putting on the events. They provide a look at Native American and cowboy cultures and also something fun to do.